GIGO 2.0 – is the medium conflating the message?

Continuing the blather, while GIGO may be considered outdated as a term in its original context, one could conceivably say that in today’s 2.0 world of information explosion online, there is a variant of this same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.

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One Response to GIGO 2.0 – is the medium conflating the message?

  1. Whither, “garbage”?

    Niti Bhan’s two posts about the computer scientist’s use of the term GIGO (Garbage In, Garbage Out) got me thinking about the idea of garbage. Garbage is a bad word. It’s a label for things that are rotten or have

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