September 8, 2010
James Bridle, a fascinating London-based publishing maker/impresario, has produced a twelve-volume edition of every edit made to the Wikipedia entry on “The Iraq War” from December 2004 to November 2009.
Twelve thousand edits were made during the period; in Bridle’s edition, they make up seven thousand pages of text. (It might be fun to do an OED-esque compact edition, in two volumes, packaged with a magnifying lens.)
Read more about the project from Matthew Battles at HiLobrow.
. . . and from Bridles himself: On Wikipedia, Cultural Patrimony, and Historiography.
The two photos you see here are from Bridles’s Flickr set devoted to the project.
I must add that I’m just naturally disposed towards anyone whose Flickr profile icon is an image of Malcolm McDowell in Lindsay Anderson’s O Lucky Man!.