The Lemming Effect

Posted: August 13, 2011 in Social Commentary
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In a week where we have seen the deplorable consequences of people ‘just following the crowd’ – I came across a link to this YouTube video where someone passively challenges people to consider the potentially devastating effects of what is commonly referred to as ‘The Lemming Effect‘; a concept that denotes an involuntary urge to follow the crowd.

For those who are still not sure what a Lemming is; read the urban definition found here ;  .  Point 2 is particularly appropriate in the instance of the M1 accident and considerably so when applied to the rioting we experienced in the week from which we have all just emerged.

Apparently – Lemmings don’t actually commit suicide on purpose.  The entire concept of the Lemming Effect is based upon the 1958 Disney movie ‘White Wilderness‘ – where the Lemmings were induced to jump off the cliff to perpetuate the myth; the paradox being that they did in fact then jump off the cliff ;).

  1. Lucky the guy didn’t get punched the way things are going. Good for him though, never blocked the hard shoulder myself. 🙂

  2. ajjam says:

    Hi Mark.

    In one YouTube video you have managed to demonstrate a) one reason why I don’t drive and b) why I don’t like to merely follow without knowing where I am going and without understanding what I am being a part of.

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