QotD: Rusty Russell

Side note: when a respected information source covers something where you have on-the-ground experience, the result is often to make you wonder how much fecal matter you’ve swallowed in areas outside your own expertise.

— Rusty Russell in Superfreakonomics; Superplug for Intellectual Ventures

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4 Responses to QotD: Rusty Russell

  1. In my case, happens with FLOSS news reporting. There’s so much misinformation! Who should I trust?

  2. Xav says:

    Fully agreed. I’m not only a computer guy, so I’ve seen it in other fields as well.

  3. This is what I’ve always fondly thought of as the Wikipedia Effect, in which the apparent trustworthiness of Wikipedia articles increases in inverse proportion with your own expertise in the subject…

  4. confluence says:

    Very true. It happens with FLOSS and copyright reform issues, and it happens all the time with mainstream reporting on subcultures in which I participate. “Hey, I read about these wacky people on the internet, and talked to one colourful loony, and now I’m an expert!”

    At least the Wikipedia articles about subcultures tend to be written by people with inside experience; something I gather is not always the case with e.g. theoretical physics. :/

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