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James Surowiecki:
The power and the danger of online crowds

TED2005 · 16:59 · Filmed Feb 2005
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James Surowiecki: The power and the danger of online crowds
16:59 · Filmed February 2005 at TED2005 · Subtitles available in 18 languages

James Surowiecki pinpoints the moment when social media became an equal player in the world of news-gathering: the 2005 tsunami, when YouTube video, blogs, IMs and txts carried the news — and preserved moving personal stories from the tragedy.

Finance journalist
James Surowiecki argues that people, when we act en masse, are smarter than we think. He's the author of The Wisdom of Crowds and writes about finance for the New Yorker. Full bio
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