[LINK] Grocery Choice - what's the problem?

Craig Sanders cas at taz.net.au
Tue Jun 30 15:13:10 EST 2009


On Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 09:54:38PM +1000, Sylvano wrote:
> We kind of don't need government, choice or the retailers to keep
> track of the pricing of things.

actually, government and legislation ARE essential - without them, if
any service like the snaptell one you mention ever became a significant
factor in the marketplace, it would be astro-turfed into irrelevance.

the problem with "crowd-sourcing" is that it's easily subverted by
those with deep enough pockets or by skilled memetic engineers (i.e.
propagandists/rabble-rousers) or both.


craig

PS: and the astro-turfing could be done very efficiently and at a very
competitive price by one or more of the botnet operators, giving them
another source of income (and motivation) than spamming and spyware.

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craig sanders <cas at taz.net.au>


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