Monday, March 26, 2012

Groupthink meets Innovation

Ms. Cain,

After reading your article, "The Rise of the New Groupthink" I agreed with your approach to how people should work. I can't argue with numbers, so based on your facts people tend to work better on their own, as opposed to together. I think in most situations this is true, especially in business. If a team does not work virtually and is in an office together I think that there should be time for both the worker and the worker and co-workers. I think that by stating "Solitude is out of fashion" is definitely a true statement. It is coming more and more efficient (or people think so) to work in open quarters. A prime example would be the CEO of Zappos who encourages employees to congregate and decorate the office however they please. As this may make members trust one another more and become more comfortable it does mean that work slows, because the focus is on each other more than it is on work.

Clay Shirky, author of "Here Comes Everybody" talks about the founders of Wikipedia. This site allows others to input information through a process of evaluation. This raises the question of trust. By being able to input information online people do not see or interact with one another, which questions whether or not they can trust the information being given. This shows the side of people working with one another, but being isolated to being behind their computer screens all in different locations. Just as a person in a work office needs space (Like Cain talks about) they also need trust. With Wikileaks its hard to trust something if you don't even know who wrote it.

Andrew Keen talks about the truth in blogs and other social networks that are now currently online in Chapter one of his book, "The Great Seduction". He talks about how he thinks credible people should be on the internet, not amateurs. He points out how he wanted to start an online music page on the internet or the Web 2.0 and how it is cluttered with amateurs. I think that due to Keen being in such a high power of position he considers clutter to be Youtube videos of Al Gore spinoffs or fake facts on blogs. I think that this only confirms the thoughts of Shirky and that we as the internet generation need to be able to decipher what is real and what is false when it comes to whats posted on the internet. There will always be rumors and false information flying around, the internet is just another medium that does just that. But it also holds facts and information never accessible to people a decade ago.


Nicole Lengyel

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