with Cecilia Zhang
Why are people so lonely in cities?
Cecilia Zhang is a Communication Design student
School of Design. She and I would often have these weekly
thesis talks to talk about our own work. Recording our
conversation for this episode felt a lot like our usual
talk. In this episode, we talked about how Cecilia is
looking into Wikipedia edit wars. Although they show
this hostile side of Wikipedia, edit wars speak to the
passion that editors have when they write. Her thesis is
a critique on Wikipedia. I think we are often told that
Wikipedia is an unreliable source because anyone can write
it. But later I learned that there are a lot of factors
that play into writing and publishing a Wikipedia page,
and writing a good page is really not as easy as
Transcript with visuals:
Sometimes people will like on Christmas eve at 9pm they will be doing these
edit wars without like, "No tigers are the most powerful cats in the world. Don't you dare say
otherwise," you know? [...] On the other hand,
it also speaks to their dedication towards truth.
But if I did on something like hummus, people are going to like, "Well why do people
argue about hummus? That's kind of stu-
pid." I love the hummus page. The reason why
is because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Instead of doing a book that's expensive, that only a few people will read. I like
this idea of like a subway pamphlet that you would just give to everyone in the same way that knowledge
is free. I wanted my thesis to also be low-production.