Savile disobedience

Searches for “Jimmy Savile” on Google yield 49,700 results. A search for “Jimmy Saville” – the incorrect spelling – yields 62,100.

So much for the wisdom of the crowds.

Although I meant this as a throwaway observation, it is true that James Surowiecki’s theory is inadequate when it comes to spelling Sir Jimmy’s name correctly. He states that crowds yield better results than a small group of experts provided four conditions are met. Wise crowds need diversity of opinion, independence of members from one another, decentralisation and a good method for aggregating opinions. I reckon that Googling for a spelling satisfies all of these conditions, so a fifth needs to be added:

Wise crowds also need a passing knowledge of eccentric former disc jockeys or presenters of defunct wish-fulfilment programmes.

Or a copy of Who’s Who.

3 Responses to “Savile disobedience”

  1. rivergirlie Says:

    but the people have spoken (wrongly as it happens). that’s the problem with democracy. i, for one, did not vote for it.
    (did he, single-handedly, put the vile in savile?)

  2. pouletnoir Says:

    Quite, although as Winston Churchill once said: democracy is the worst form of government apart from fighting on the beaches for so few over an iron curtain.

  3. pouletnoir Says:

    On a similar subject, and in the interests of preserving it for posterity, I’d like to note this limerick compiled by the teams on I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue:

    At a function with Sir Jimmy Savile
    His tracksuit began to unravel
    He said: “Don’t make a fuss.”
    And fashioned a truss
    Out of cement, three parts sand, two parts gravel.

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