Wisdom of Crowds

If you ask an auditorium full of people what is the capital of Columbia, you will get answers all over the map, but the most popular answer will be the correct one — Bogotá.

However, if someone were intent on hijacking this process, he could seed wrong answers into the group merely by mentioning some wrong answers, e.g. Victoria British Columbia, Caracas, Medellín and Bolivar ahead of time or by mangling the correct answer e.g. Bagodé

Majority democratic rule is supposed to find the best policies and the best politicians to implement them. However, what happens is various special interests pump the atmosphere full of deliberately wrong answers. They trash good candidates and promote crooked ones. With this tolerance for lies, the wisdom of majority rule is easily subverted.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)