How an Orbiting Teapot Led to the Wall Street Collapse

How an Orbiting Teapot Led to the Wall Street Collapse

Could it be that Wikipedia indirectly encouraged the state of affairs that led to the credit crunch and the recent crash in the US economy? Could it be that the fears of internet misinformation and manipulation I’ve previously discussed have been shown to be very true indeed with ramifications for us all? Could the interests of a few unscrupulous individuals with social media accounts distort market behaviour resulting in billions of dollars in economic damage?

Wikipedia and the Misinformation Feedback Loop

Wikipedia and the Misinformation Feedback Loop

You are probably aware that I am rather passionate about the uses and abuses of online content as a source of information and misinformation. The ability for the internet to completely distort and manipulate our view of the world is immense and so far isn’t taken seriously enough – particularly by the media operations that still use the internet for fact-checking.

StumbleUpon 101 – The Web Made Simple

StumbleUpon 101 – The Web Made Simple

It used to be that ‘stumbling’ involved embarrassment in front of friends and a grazed knee. These days, it has come to mean the random discovery of webpages in your favourite topic areas — as you stumble across new internet gems. I love finding a new website of interest that I would never have come across in my usual online activities. StumbleUpon has taken this feeling of discovery and turned it into an effective tool for webmasters as well as a joy for users.

What Lemmings Teach Us About Misinformation

What Lemmings Teach Us About Misinformation

The internet has been touted as the greatest ever revolution in information technology. The entire sum of human knowledge may one day be accessed through this portal of wonder. But what actually is ‘knowledge’ and how reliable is it anyway? With the internet using more ‘democratic’ methods to compile information, are we getting the facts we need or misinformation to lead us astray?

Harnessing the Power of Twitter

Harnessing the Power of Twitter

Yes, after holding out and dismissing Twitter as a fad, I’ve finally relented and started my account. Personally, I just didn’t get it before. Warren Ellis first write about Twitter way back before it was leaped upon as the darling of the online marketing circuit, but a brief investigation convinced me that it was as unnecessary distraction.