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All very good points and all very well taken...  Your point regarding
the US/Euro difference is really well taken and something I personally
had not even considred until now...

On Tue, 15 Mar 2005 01:00:58 -0800, Ronald Bourret
<rpbourret@rpbourret.com> wrote:
> 1) If there are 8 billion Web pages, there is no way anyone can rate
> even a meaningful subset of them by hand. Google's voting system, while
> imperfect, strikes me as a pretty good way to do this automatically.
> 2) The problem with any system of "experts" is deciding who the experts
> are. Main-stream journalism may at least be fact-checked, but it's not
> clear the world will ever agree that those writing about a particular
> topic are indeed "experts" to anyone beside their peers. If you don't
> believe this, read US and European articles about the same topic and see
> if you think they're even covering the same event.
> 3) The Web is a like a great, big bar with a zillion drunken
> conversations. You'll meet some interesting people, discover some
> dubious facts, and have a good time, but anyone who trusts it implicitly
> is asking for trouble, and all the ratings in the world are never going
> to convince the black helicopter crowd [1] that the UN isn't really
> invading the US.
> -- Ron
> [1] For non-US readers, there are a number of people in the US who are
> convinced the UN is out to conquer the US militarily. For example, see
> http://sss.org/lbh/helos.html, or just get the T-shirt at
> http://www.jeffersonstate.com/blackhelicoptercrowd.html. And while it is
> easy to dismiss such people as lunatics, you might not want to do so to
> their face in a crowded bar.
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