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Web 2.0's Wisdom of Crowds

The following two posts help create a clear distinction between the coveted wisdom of crowds and the feared dumbness of crowds.

Kathy's The Dumbness of Crowds and JP's On Social Software and Consensus.

Web 2.0 site designers would do well to carefully consider the distinction when trying to capitalize on the benefits of social software.

Tags: web


 pastilla on Jan 5th 2007 at 5:06 AM
Sorry it's taken so long to comment on this very interesting post . . . I read both articles this morning with glee and horror. In the late 80's/early 90's, Japanese Educators (the trendy ones) were discussing a similar concept in light of their traditional educational methods. Their belief was that the Japanese focus on group-focused, shame-based activities resulted in workers who could perfect and exploit others' ideas, but who were still vulnerable to the traps of poli-socio brainwashing because they lacked the innovation and creativity that came from promoting individual merit . . .

 dblume on Jan 5th 2007 at 5:54 PM
Pastilla! Just mentioning Japan in that era makes me miss my most favorite magazine of all time, Mangajin. I subscribed from issue 2 (the first I'd seen) to the last issue. I was heartbroken when they ceased publication. It was like having a friend walking me through colloquial Japanese.