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Apr 09

Swine Flu meme in full swing

There is nothing like a pandemic to get the Internet abuzz.  Disasters like earthquakes, terrorist attacks, and flu pandemics quickly galvanize people to exchange information.  Traditional news outlets are too slow for many people because they employ journalists who verify facts and sources (which is a good thing).  Plus it’s one-way communication – you can’t ask for more.  So people share via TwitterGoogle maps, etc. – any means to share information in exchange for information that they don’t already have.

Of course, there are trade-offs between speed and accuracy: you also get irrelevant as well as inaccurate (and therefore potentially dangerous) information.  You then rely on a person’s ability to assemble a reasonably accurate mosaic of information – which is mostly right but also totally wrong in some places.

[Note to self: A banal post.  But I need to start somewhere…]

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