Continuing the blather, while GIGO may be considered outdated as a term in its original context, one could conceivably say that in today’s 2.0 world of information explosion online, there is a variant of this same concept.
Whether its verifying a source for news, debating the veracity of a wikipedia like source, fact checking or decrying the credibility of a blogger versus a big name news reporter for a big name newspaper, not to mention the proliferation of rumours, conjecture, ‘buzz’ or whathaveyou around events or incidents – all point to the need for reliable data.
Taking the thought a step further, is a sense that if its written up online somewhere, and can be found by a search on Google, there must be some truth to the story, a holdover from the days when ignoramuses like myself couldn’t run around writing whatever we wanted for all the world to find.
But unlike the entry of data input for a program, where garbage in simply meant that the results of the calculation would also be garbage out, we browse the web for information and data, news and analysis – many of which lead to decision making or forming a judgement or whatever.
So if one selects ‘garbage’ as a valid data point, one’s decision making is then ‘garbage’ . Feels to me like the GIGO has been turned inside out like a coat, showing its lining instead. Now its what information is ‘consumed’ by ‘me’ and what ‘response’ do ‘I’ make.
I’m the one who has the GIGO problem, not the computer.