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The Law Catch Up With Ross And Brand

DANIEL Finklestein on Brand and Ross’s Power law cruve…

Why have 18,000 people complained to the BBC about Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross?

The figure is being used as a measure of the scale of public outrage. Of course, it is nothing of the sort.

If a number of unsavoury incidents cause equal amounts of offence, they will result in an unequal number of complaints.

It seems as if the complaints are distributed on a power law curve. A few incidents will garner a vast number of complaints, a long tail of equally offensive incidents will attract almost no complaints.

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Taxi For Piers Morgan: Washing Jonathan Ross’s Dirty Letters In Private

Posted: 29th, October 2008 | In: Reviews | Comments (15)