The epiphany for me came in 1994, when Intel released its Pentium chip with the FDIV -- floating point devision -- rounding error.
Within a few days of the inital outside discovery of the bug, the news had circulated to an email/Usenet group I monitored. I -- a fresh-out-of-school greenhorn at the time -- forwarded the report with a cautiously worded "this has not been confirmed, but nobody has denied it either" cover note to our systems folks.
When the next few days failed to produce any rebuttal -- and finally Intel publicly admitted to the fault later in the week, I realized what the MO for net-based (this was pre-Web days, kids <g>) information was: suspended disbelief. Most information could be corroborated or refuted quickly. In 1994, the cycle took a few days. Now it's generally down to hours, for information which is tangibly verifiable. I remember one instance in which competing bookstores published a set of combative press releases, over the course of a day, with the final one reading simply "!" in response to the preposterous tone of the competitor's prior release (yes, this made it to Slashdot).
The Web's dynamic is simply this: people have voices. If a statement is given as fact, it is very often followed shortly by a confirming or denying statement from another source. Truth ferretts itself out in short order. There is no reliance on a single authority.
Moody's been a slow learner in the past. He's stumbled over this truth enough times to have finally realized it.
Karsten M. Self
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