1 June 2006
Collective wisdom and other myths
I've made four attempts at trying to summarize this essay by Jaron Lanier, and I couldn't do it without quoting half of it.
Very likely this is the same problem Scott Chaffin had with it:
It's long and it's impossible for me to accurately excerpt. You're just going to have to take my word for it, and read it, if you're interested in web stuff, and what's going on online.
This much, however, I can say: if you have two people with IQs of 100, you do not necessarily have the equivalent of one person with a 200 IQ. The much-heralded "hive mind," except under very specific circumstances, is way less than the sum of its parts.
Naturally, it's being oversold.Posted at 6:02 AM to Almost Yogurt