Writing the Revolution

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Advance praise:

“With a refreshing narrative style, Ford pulls you into the action of fact creation on Wikipedia and shows like no one else what is at stake in doing so. A new benchmark for Wikipedia research.”

Nathaniel Tkacz, Reader, University of Warwick; author of Wikipedia and the Politics of Openness

Writing the Revolution is a ground-breaking study of contemporary digital historiography. Written with immense critical flair, this book invites us to think about how great and minor events of our age are being framed.”

Stephen Coleman, Professor of Political Communication, University of Leeds

“This book powerfully shows how social, economic, and political facts are forged in the knowledge factory of Wikipedia. It is impossible to understand how histories are made in the contemporary world without letting Ford take you on this fascinating journey.”

Mark Graham, Professor of Internet Geography, University of Oxford


Financial Times, Becky Hogge (2022, 4 November): “Ford’s writing is highly engaging. Her tenderness for the Wikipedians who people her story means that she never condemns them, even as she questions how their motives fit within Wikipedia policy. As a piece of ethnography, the book should sit alongside Georgina Born’s 2004 study of the BBC, Uncertain Vision, a work, like this one, that looks behind the curtain and reveals the recognisably human and fallible activity powering a great cultural institution.”

LibraryJournal, Karen Bordonaro (2022, 1 November): “Ford pushes readers to more deeply understand how pieces of information become accepted, often unquestioned facts online and issues a call to promote data literacy. Highly recommended.”


Nominee: Season 19 of the Next Big Idea Club


A Kenyan Superhero vs Wikipedia (2022, September 21) Think Digital Futures, 2SER Radio.

Wikipedia the Last Bastion of Truth Online (2021, December 21) Reimagining the Internet (podcast).

Book launches/talks:

17 November, 2022: Book launch at the Worlds of Wikipedia Conference, University of Sydney, Camperdown, Sydney, NSW, Australia