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Experimental Study of Inequality and Unpredictability in an Artificial Cultural Market[s] is the title of a new study by Salganik, Dodds and Watts published in Science today. It is the perfect piece of publishing in our artificial cultural market containing everything to maximize public impact: pop culture, social networks and a bit of high-school math, showing why experts routinely fail to predict anything.

It would be the perfect forward pass to start a long rant on pop star scientists, scale free networks and the Arctic Monkeys if it wasn't a thought through study delivering unexpected results.

Damn.

[Pop-cultural coverage at Telepolis[de] and Seed magazine]

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