I was inspired by the following comment from @adcontrarian in his latest blog post: Because I am a lazy bastard and the thought of writing five posts a week is a constant source of terror, I have decided to introduce a new policy around here. From now on, on Fridays, I’m going to recycle old… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Science
Columbia University has shown that seeding localised social groups with certain ideas or behaviours can lead to the ideas cascading across entire global networks. This contradicts the notion – promoted by the author Malcolm Gladwell in The Tipping Point and others – that social epidemics depend on a few key influential individuals from whom everyone else takes their cue. It doesn’t ring true, argues Watts, because such “influentials” typically interact with only a few people. The key for the spread of anything, he says, from happiness to the preference for a particular song, is a critical mass of interconnected individuals who influence one another.”
As William Gibson said, the future is already here – it’s just unevenly distributed: Rough Type: Nicholas Carr’s Blog: Amazon patents cybernetic mind meld.