#MicroblogMondays – The wisdom of the crowd
Have you heard of the wisdom of the crowd? According to this theory, collective opinion is more accurate than the opinion of an expert.
Does audience poll ring a bell? In the show ‘Who wants to be a millionaire?’, taking an audience poll is a good way to move to the next level. The social information that one gathers through channels like Wikipedia, Quora, Mouthshut or reviews is found to be more reliable than that shared by an individual. You got the drift, right?
When I first heard about this concept, it confused me.
And I will tell you why.
When a woman is abused by her husband and her friends ask her to adjust, they can’t be right. When a rape victim is told by almost the whole world around her that it was her fault, they can’t be right. A young girl who wants to study is denied the opportunity so that her brother can study, the family cannot be right.
The wisdom of the crowd is not correct in all cases. And now you know in which ones it isn’t.
For day 21 of #NaBloPoMo, I am writing for MicroblogMondays and here is some food for thought.