April 24, 2023 /Entertainment/ — The casting of Adele James as Cleopatra is controversial because there is no consensus on what Cleopatra’s race was. Some historians believe that she was of Macedonian Greek descent, while others believe that she had African ancestry. The casting of James, who is a black British actress, has been seen by some as an attempt to “blackwash” history. Others have defended the casting, saying that it is important to represent Cleopatra as a diverse figure. Continue reading
At the end of every year, I gather statistics on the most viewed Wikipedia articles of the year. This helps me, a computational social scientist, understand what topics captured the most attention and gives me a chance to reflect on the major public events of the year. I try to use data to determine how the public (and more specifically here, English-language Wikipedia readers) will collectively remember the past year.