Ratings Pollution


I'm thinking of buying Michael Lewis' new book, The Big Short. So I visit the Amazon site and see a pretty terrible average review of only 2.5 stars. What gives?

Turns out a bunch of douches have given the book one-star reviews because the book is not yet available on the Kindle.

Not only are they submitting low reviews because they cannot yet buy the book in their preferred form -- a decision that is most likely made by the publisher not the author -- but they are doing so without even reading the book. This is a whiny and pathetic form of "protest" that does nothing but pollute the digital commons. Grow up folks!

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