Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Have computer ruined everything?

The recently wide reporting of a rumor that Microsoft would be reducing head count by 17% is strange for 2 reasons.  One that a story on a blog without any source attribution could spread so widely.  Also that confidence in the economy is slow low any bad news is taken for granted.

Be it Quant programs that could not tell that loaning money to people without jobs was a bad investment to doctored photos the Internet is leading to massive breakdown of the quality and accuracy of all information.  One need only go to right wing blogs were an entire universe of free-market Republican ideology continues despite the crisis situation of the current economy to see how today people can buy the truth they care to have.

Truth probably always was a construct, but the Internet turned it into a commodity.
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