Friday, November 16, 2012

Guided by others …

 The Millions : Cyber-Babbittry: Conventionality and Banality Are Alive and Well on the Internet. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Babbittry eats at Babbitt’s life not because he’s boring, but because there’s no control or independent intellectual force at work. His materialistic life is guided by what others dictate. Whether the information comes via a Twitter newsfeed or from 20th-century church fellows, ads, and business pals, the effect is the same. Leave it to the crowds! Let the masses decide! This is still straight Babbittry.

Well, actually, if you want  to see groupthink at work, visit the faculty lounge, or an editorial board meeting.

1 comment:

  1. This reminds me of what I've read about brainstorming sessions lacking the open positive air they claim to have. The group dynamic makes all the difference.