Crowd sourcing is a term that was developed by Journalist, Jeff Howe back in 2006. He realized that companies had become more innovative in connecting with its consumers, by simply hiring them or asking their opinion in order to advance sales. Flash forward ten years later and it seems that this original, and creative idea has done exceptionally well in terms of business, and even politics. Thanks to this inventive and contemporary way of doing things voters can now monitor the vote count during an election – which lets be honest, will come in handy on Novemeber 8th.
However, there are some reasons why this new way of doing things can be detrimental. Lets begin with Wikipedia; anytime someone decides to use the magical search engine – Google, this dreadful site comes up. It is quite literally the saddest form of an “encyclopedia” out there. Anyone is able to post an article or update an article. Meaning that crazy neighbour Joe (most likely a Trump supporter), who does nothing but sit on his couch and watch fox news religiously; dislikes any race that isn’t his own, and achieved no higher than a Grade 5 education, can post on Wiki. That would be the primary issue with this site; the sources are not credible, therefore, unbelievable! Amateurs are now able to take the reins, and completely confuse anyone who doesn’t know better, and believe what they are reading to be true. Almost everyone has run into someone who quotes Wiki before or used them as an origin for their information (disturbing as F!).
Another reason crowdsourcing can become an issue, is due to companies using an undefined group of people to complete a task, or perform a job, that was once done by hired professionals. This can be a dangerous zone, according to Howe, because they cannot be sure these individuals hired are the correct candidate for the job.
Thus, this new glorified approach of action, although more efficient and less costly for companies, certainly has its downfalls that shouldn’t be ignored, and perhaps, should be more monitored and less used.
In other words, do your research people, because the internet is a scary place.