Sunday, 3 October 2010

What Splattergate Really Tells Us

Lots of people are posting about the disturbing video from environmentalist group 10:10. Many are making the argument that it shows us a lot about the mindset of the people working for these types of organisations. But maybe there's a bigger-picture story here.

Consider for a moment just how many people were involved in the production of this video. Now consider that apparently not one of them thought it might be a bad idea. Some are suggesting that maybe it was designed to be this terrible. This smacks too much of a conspiracy theory for me.

The truth may well be that this is a fine example of group-think. No one thought to challenge the decisions being made because the group automatically reinforces the correctness of those decisions. Those outside the group are unable to influence the thinking of those inside it. Group-think happens in all groups to a greater or lesser extent. It's a good reason to be wary of the State making decisions in small groups in London that affect 60 million people.

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