Wisdom of Crowds vs. The "Real" Art Critics

"Click! is a photography exhibition that invites Brooklyn Museum’s visitors, the online community, and the general public to participate in the exhibition process. Taking its inspiration from the critically acclaimed book The Wisdom of Crowds, in which New Yorker business and financial columnist James Surowiecki asserts that a diverse crowd is often wiser at making decisions than expert individuals, Click! explores whether Surowiecki’s premise can be applied to the visual arts—is a diverse crowd just as “wise” at evaluating art as the trained experts? "

An interesting experiment; the thing is, the people who click the link (http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/click/) and vote are not exactly going to be a random sampling... they will be art fans and artists, so the Crowd is going to be a little "wiser" than the norm. Of course, if it works for Pandemic Flu Futures....

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