With the advent of the digital dynamic comes the idea — the ideal — of crowd wisdom, of crowd leverage, of crowd choice, and, of course, of crowdfunding.
What Canetti, a 1981 Nobel Prize laureate, described were concepts that would come to be called by many of us the “crowd mentality” — basically, turning over one’s own discretion and judgment to a group or community…or mob. The less attractive term might be “running in packs.”
Like it or not “crowds” are have become the new social norm of the digital age and they will impact us all from how we get news to how we earn a living.
Is your library a place were crowds meet and gather or a place to get away from the crowd and seek refuge and quiet?
Will crowds help authors make their books better or herd us toward homogeneous mediocrity?
Can writers make a living funded solely from the kindness of strangers?
Is the new journalism just improved rumor mongering fueled by the madness of crowds?
Are crowds good or bad? ~ eP