Just a reminder of the IM Public Lecture by Ryan Deschamps, taking place today. Everyone is welcome - we hope you can join us!
Social Activism on Twitter: How "Wise" are Online Social Movements?
One of the foundations of decision-making since Aristotle is that the mean response of a crowd will produce "wise" answers compared to a smaller group of experts. Famously, James Surowiecki argued that wisdom in a crowd requires such things as diversity of opinion and actor independence, although these circumstances rarely occur naturally. Fortunately, network theory tells us that groups can converge to "wise" opinions after a period of deliberation if the group possesses certain structural features that keep "royal families" from unduly influencing group decisions. Using structural examples from social movements on Twitter, this paper will show some examples of "wise" and "unwise" crowds online and offer some ideas about the implications of each for public policy agenda setting.
Time: Thursday January 15, 2015 - 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Location: Rowe 3089
Kim Humes, BPR
School of Information Management
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
6100 University Avenue, Suite 4010
PO BOX 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
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