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The Most Influential Figures On Wikipedia Are White, Western Males
Judging by Wikipedia popularity, who are the most important historical figures of all time? According to one algorithm, it’s 18th century scientist Carl Linnaeus, followed by Jesus. According to a modified version of the algorithm, it’s Hitler, then Michael Jackson.
In fact, the full lists of top influential figures compared among 24 different language editions of Wikipedia differ substantially, according to a recent study. The one thing they all had in common? The top 30 to 60 figures, across all lists, were mostly post-17th century Western white guys. On average, only 10% of the lists were female.
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The Most Influential Figures On Wikipedia Are White, Western Males

Judging by Wikipedia popularity, who are the most important historical figures of all time? According to one algorithm, it’s 18th century scientist Carl Linnaeus, followed by Jesus. According to a modified version of the algorithm, it’s Hitler, then Michael Jackson.

In fact, the full lists of top influential figures compared among 24 different language editions of Wikipedia differ substantially, according to a recent study. The one thing they all had in common? The top 30 to 60 figures, across all lists, were mostly post-17th century Western white guys. On average, only 10% of the lists were female.

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  1. liderazgo101 said: #JesuschristTheKing®☑️
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    but Jesus wasn’t white and neither was Michael Jackson
  6. zbina said: As a white US male, I will never apologize for intelligence or ambition.
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    It’s pointing out more of a problem with the documented than the documentation, perhaps.
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