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Wisdom of Mobs


Inspiration for Web 2.0 comes largely from intentions and interests of the crowd. This theme has driven nearly every major site over the past five years. And there is evidence that crowd-driven content is highly successful. Every now and then, that notion gets attacked but recently Drew Curtis, the founder of the Fark website, railed against the crowd harshly. What’s interesting about his tirade is that Fark is entirely dependent on crowd-sourced news aggregation. “The ‘wisdom of the crowds’ is the most ridiculous statement I’ve heard in my life. Crowds are dumb,” Curtis said. “It takes people to move crowds in the right direction, crowds by themselves just stand around and mutter.” He alludes to his own users as well as sites set up for government feedback like America Speaking Out which sought content directly from citizens – a site apparently largely littered with nonsense, illogical arguments and very little fact. Will true media just have to wait out the 2.0 craze before revealing itself again as the researching and reporting professionals they were/are?

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