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The Wisdom of Crowds

MaisonBisson.com notes:
“The TV studio audience of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire guesses correctly 91 percent of the time, compared to “experts” who guess only 65 percent correctly.”
This is apparently from, The wisdom of crowds: why the many are smarter than the few and how collective wisdom shapes business, economies, societies, and nations by James Surowiecki (New York: Doubleday, 2004). I’ve been meaning to read it for so long. I’ll have to pick it up at the airport this week.
Hmmm.
Are librarians experts? Do we fail to see the right path or know the correct information too often? I doubt that’s the right interpretation. We can be a crowd too! Between social networks, collaboration spaces and blogs and discussion lists (remember them?), we should be able to think through anything and adapt and invent new modalities as the world shifts. It might also help if we asked questions outside our own comfortable circles more often.
Stephen

Posted on: December 6, 2005, 5:31 pm Category: Uncategorized