July 12th, 2004

We've Given the Word 'Mob' a Bad Name

Jason Kottke reviews The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations by James Surowiecki, and quotes Principal Seymour Skinner as saying "There's no justice like angry-mob justice." He misses the opportunity, however, to quote Dr. Hibbert, who, after a crowd had taken Mr. Burns' stuffed bear Bobo from Maggie because Mr. Burns had diverted the town's beer supply, looked back and said "We've given the word 'mob' a bad name."