Would Agatha Christie Write a Blog if She Were Still Alive?

February 7, 2008 at 8:14 am 4 comments

George F. Colony, CEO of Forrester Research, wrote in his blog about the process of using a blog to hone and get feedback on ideas, which he called “Social Sigma” (and I commented sounded too close to “Social Stigma”). I loved his notion of using feedback to perfect something, be it an idea or a product.

My favorite writer, Agatha Christie, wrote a few short stories that seemed to be the basis, with modifications, for novels. Thinking about that made me wonder if Agatha Christie would blog if she were alive today. If so, what would she say? Would she use the wisdom of crowds to solicit or get feedback on her ideas?


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  • 1. Exceeft  |  May 6, 2009 at 12:31 am

    now I’ll stay tuned..

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  • 3. Hakon Heimer  |  February 12, 2008 at 7:13 am

    And Mike’s comment reminds of Margaret Mead’s quote, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

    The interesting thing about that comment is that it is “nondenominational,” so to speak. It applies equally to any movement.

    Congratulations on your blog, Lisa. I look forward to reading it.

  • 4. Mike Gualtieri  |  February 7, 2008 at 8:26 am

    I can’t help thinking about the wisdom of crowds as it relates to the presidential primaries. There are two ways to look at this:
    1. Democracy = wisdom of the crowds. At least it is wisdom if you are on the winning side of the vote
    2. Candidates seem to be constantly honing their “message” based upon feedback from the “crowds”.

    So now I have a question: Does the crowd always get what it wants? Is that wisdom?

    One of my favorite quotes from Thomas Jefferson is: “One man with courage makes a majority”.


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Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM

Lisa GualtieriLisa Gualtieri is Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine. She is Director of the Certificate Program in Digital Health Communication. Lisa teaches Designing Health Campaigns using Social Media, Social Media and Health, Mobile Health Design, and Digital Strategies for Health Communication. Contact Lisa: lisa.gualtieri@tufts.edu


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