Influential films for white male Americans under 30 that also choose to edit Wikipedia? Sure.
To be clear, I thought this was an interesting technique and visualization. I like that it's influence by year instead of the top 100 influential films of all time, with Citizen Kane at the top.
I don't know what the situation is like everywhere in the world, but having visited Europe since the 90's, it was pretty clear Hollywood dominated movies/music (and obviously here in Canada too). So while we might all have our specific picks that are influential to us (whether it's a thought-provoking European movie or an American epic movie), it may end up being not so different in the end? Though the billions in Asia may sway it :)
This is probably an interesting read for those who care: http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/docs/icb.topic152447.files/rose...
Even at best, though, an Internet project is inevitably going to be biased towards the POV of whoever uses the Internet. The solution is to expand Internet access, which quickly reduces to the problem of solving all of the social problems nobody's been able to solve yet. Piece of cake.
I think greater internet access would certainly help, but it's not a panacea as far as Wikipedia is concerned. It might be that no matter what happens, a specific majority demographic with respect to age, income, eduction, and gender will choose to edit an online NPOV collaborative encyclopedia.
The only one I was surprised to see on there was Juno. I've never seen it, is it really that notable?
Overall, I got a good laugh from the list. Seriously, this list should be called "things white US kids (of my age, granted) like". Rather than a history of cinema, it belongs more in the "comedy generated by computer" genre. Exhibit one: City Lights isn't there. Exhibit two: Modern Times isn't there. No Le Voyage dans la Lune, no Man With Camera, no Great Train Robbery, Rashomon isn't cool enough to make the list, Vertigo is too weird, and Battleship Potemkin is, like, too commie, you know. The final straws would be Independence Day and It's a Wonderful Life making the list.
I mean, On the Waterfront looks like it's very good (I haven't seen it), but, but, it was released in the same year than motherfucking Seven Samurai!
But with those caveats it can be fun to play around with: http://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=Birth+of+a+Nati...
No. It was zeitgeisty in the way that some films are, and it got a lot of buzz among important demographics, but it's not "important".
I see you've changed the title. Cool.
That's an odd choice of counterexample, since it ranks pretty highly in this list, so apparently is actually cited a lot on Wikipedia. It's the "most influential" pick for 1915 in the year-by-year list (http://blog.argteam.com/coding/a-history-of-film-in-wikipedi...), and is #16 of all time in the all-time list (http://blog.argteam.com/golang/the-top-25-movies-of-all-time...).
For example: http://stats.grok.se/en/latest/The_Dark_Knight_Rises
I'd guess that analyzing the stockmarket is easier than the endless contingencies driving WP.
It really is just PageRank. The source code is available on github https://github.com/cosbynator/WikiRank