Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter

Author: Cass R. Sunstein, Reid Hastie
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by tkahnoski   2017-08-19
I've always viewed 24 hour news channels in the same vein. Twitter just puts a layer of social validation on top of it.

Social media is driving traditional channels to be worse so that those channels can be more relevant on social media.

Fundamentally there's just TOO much information for anyone person to process. Social media democratized the information spread where as before the news bore the brunt of that work.

Now everyone has more access to information but at the cost of spending all your time scrolling through it. There's too much to scroll... so we've relegated ourselves to soundbyte headlines.

The worst thing about this is we are programmed for group-think but rational behavior requires us to be more self-aware. There's a number of pop-sci books around this one I've personally read is https://www.amazon.com/Wiser-Getting-Beyond-Groupthink-Smart... in which an important point is made that we need to seek novel information instead of shared information to make better decisions.

Social Media as good as it is for discovering new information it has very much become a signal to noise problem.