April 20, 2013

The stupidity of crowds

In addition to being almost universally wrong, the theories developed via social media complicated the official investigation, according to law enforcement officials. Those officials said Saturday that the decision on Thursday to release photos of the two men in baseball caps was meant in part to limit the damage being done to people who were wrongly being targeted as suspects in the news media and on the Internet.

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2 Comments:

Blogger The Sum of All Monkeys said...

Remember when we thought the internet would crowdsource all knowledge and wisdom and the collective hive mind would make all news sources truly demographic?

Yeah, I can't see crowdsourced CSI being any more successful than that enterprise.

Except when the group is self-selected for having a particular insight into the problem at hand.

You know, like reporters and editors used to be, before we decided this was news.

April 22, 2013 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger The Other Front said...

I hope my kid grows up to work on the Kardashian desk at Huffington Post...

It is Golden Age of Bullshit, surpassing all prior Ages of Bullshit, which is really saying something.

April 23, 2013 at 1:31 PM  

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