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Locus Online Perspectives » David Brin: Our Favorite Cliché — A World Filled With Idiots…, or,Why Films and Novels Routinely Depict Society and its Citizens as Fools
"It can be hard to notice things you take for granted — assumptions that are never questioned, because everyone shares them. One of these nearly ubiquitous themes is a tendency for most authors and/or film-makers to disdain the intelligence and wisdom of society as a whole, portraying a majority of their fellow citizens as sheep or fools."
fiction  perception  groups  societies  authority  trust  literature  cliche  intelligence  groupthink  bureaucracy  infrastructure 
january 2013 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: When consultation fails
"It all hinges upon whether the answer to a question is demonstrable or not. If it is demonstrable, then an expert who knows the answer can prove that he does so by using logic or evidence, and non-experts will defer to him. Consultation will then work, simply by virtue of bringing expertise into play.
But some knowledge is non-demonstrable. The expert might be able to distinguish between Klee and Kandinsky, but he’ll find it harder to demonstrate his expertise to laymen than, say, a mathematician will be able to demonstrate that he knows the solution to an equation. And where knowledge is non-demonstrable, people might follow false experts."
expertise  consulting  collaboration  groupthink  group  behavior  psychology  crowdsourcing 
september 2011 by tsuomela
How to tweet bile without alienating people. Or making 13-year-old girls cry | Charlie Brooker | Comment is free | The Guardian
"God knows I enjoy a helping of bile. But only when it's crafted with flair. One of the most disappointing things about the slew of online Rebecca Black abuse is the sheer poverty of language involved. If you are complaining about a banal pop song but can't muster a more inventive way to express yourself than typing "OMFG BITCH YOU SUCK", then you really ought to consider folding your laptop shut and sitting quietly in the corner until that fallow lifespan of yours eventually reaches its conclusion."
internet  behavior  bullying  crowds  groupthink  twitter  fads  memes 
april 2011 by tsuomela
BPS RESEARCH DIGEST: How to improve group decision making
A new meta-analysis of 72 studies, involving 4,795 groups and over 17,000 individuals has shown that groups tend to spend most of their time discussing the information shared by members, which is therefore redundant, rather than discussing information known only to one or a minority of members. This is important because those groups that do share unique information tend to make better decisions.
groups  group  behavior  groupthink  decision-making  information  crowdsourcing  bias 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Rational group delusions
Benabou shows how groupthink can spread even if individuals are rational. Let’s say your boss and a few of his associates get a damn fool idea ... What do you do?
You could speak up. But the costs of this might be high
psychology  group  behavior  groupthink  bias  rational  economics  business  hierarchy  incentives  whistleblowing  inertia 
march 2009 by tsuomela

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