“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

Watch that finger!
Sunday, March 8, 2009

My wife and I have subscribed to The Economist since 1988. Basically, it's the Great Britain version of Time or Newsweek (with a U.S. edition)... only much smarter and with a more international perspective. Also, lots of great writing with that trademark Brit dry humor. Here's a gem I found in this week's issue:

Evidently the Brits are one of the most filmed societies on the planet, with surveillance cameras recording just about every citizen movement. Well, some scientists saw opportunity here and decided to use the cameras to learn about crowd behavior. The bottom line: Crowds, no matter how large, don't turn violent until the first finger is pointed. Literally. The minute the first person points at the source of unrest -- the "enemy" of the moment -- a domino effect begins ... and it's all downhill from there.

So watch those fingers, people.


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