What Is The Difference Between Produsage and Production?
“Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That’s what we’re doing.”
– Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia co-founder)
The definition of Wikipedia, by Wikipedia is described as “a multilingual, web-based, free-content encyclopedia project operated by the Wikimedia Foundation and based on an openly editable model.”
According to the website, there are 4,308,102 content articles, 30,900,505 pages, 633,776,243 edits and 19,510,274 registered users.
Wikipedia is one of the things that can, and has been created by a community of produsers. Originally, encyclopedias had to be bought in order to have access to general knowledge. Now, with user’s ability to add and edit articles within Wikipedia, it has become the western world’s most visited and referenced website for acquiring knowledge.
Produsage may replace production with some online communities and social media platforms though ultimately, it will still require an original founder, and an administrative base.