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A parallel to Popper's three worlds may be found.
memes  dreams  themes  ideas  diffusion  sharing 
december 2015 by tsuomela
Atul Gawande: How Do Good Ideas Spread? : The New Yorker
"In our era of electronic communications, we’ve come to expect that important innovations will spread quickly. Plenty do: think of in-vitro fertilization, genomics, and communications technologies themselves. But there’s an equally long list of vital innovations that have failed to catch on. The puzzle is why."
innovation  diffusion  ideas  novelty  communication  p2p 
august 2013 by tsuomela
302 Found
"This paper describes how information technology (IT) spread around the world, discussing the research and historiographical challenges for historians looking at this topic. It discusses patterns of adoption, spread of knowledge about IT, expanding modes of use, and implications for study of the diffusion of technologies."
sts  technology  diffusion  computers  history 
august 2013 by tsuomela
Rediscovering Literacy
"I used to think that the terseness of written language through most of history was mostly a result of the high cost and low reliability of writing technologies in pre-modern times. I now think these were secondary issues. I have come to believe that the very word literacy meant something entirely different before around 1890, when print technology became cheap enough to sustain a written form of mass media."
history  literacy  oral  culture  transmission  diffusion  sophistication  language  thinking 
may 2012 by tsuomela
WorldWise - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"For one thing that I have found really interesting about the turn to speculative realism is that is has clearly been fuelled by online communities which have turned above all to blogs as an important means of swapping material, revealing first thoughts, and making revisions. I doubt that the growth of speculative realism would have been so insistent without these communities scattered all over the world, or so rapid. Why?"
weblog-about  speculative-realism  discipline  academic  philosophy  diffusion 
october 2011 by tsuomela
How Josef Oehmen's advice on Fukushima went viral - opinion - 21 March 2011 - New Scientist
"On 13 March, an essay entitled "Why I am not worried about Japan's nuclear reactors" appeared on a new and unknown blog. Within hours the post had gone viral – a testament to the power of hyperlinking and social media."
information  diffusion  rumor  country(Japan)  nuclear  energy  risk  disaster  crisis  viral 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Rick Bookstaber: Viral!
The greatest concern lies in information going viral that is inconsequential. For those in the market who are on top of the news and its implications, the question no longer is simply one of when others will finally get around to looking at the information and see that it is important. It is also a question of whether something irrelevant will catch the fancy of the cloud. Look at Sarah Palin and see the logical end to the inane You Tube videos that capture the imagination of the nation, or the ranks of the “famous for being nothing” reality show celebrities that Palin has elected to join.

The new, viral world means more surprises and more volatility; and not because of market shocks precipitated by content, but because of the randomness in what might happen to catch on and reverberate through the internet.
viral  information  information-cascade  internet  rumor  diffusion 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Meet the New Enterprise Customer, He’s a Lot Like the Old Enterprise Customer // ben's blog
20 years ago, the technology adoption curve generally conformed to the following order:

Government—specifically Defense and Intelligence organizations
Businesses—with large businesses going first and smaller businesses adopting later
Today things have completely reversed. The latest technology goes to consumers first, followed by small enterprises that behave like consumers, then larger ones, then the military. The stunning reversal is one of many profound side effects of broad scale Internet adoption.
business  technology  technology-adoption  diffusion  innovation  adoption 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Why the "death panel" claim is working - James Fallows
In this recent item about the apparent triumph of the McCaughey/Palin/Grassley/ Limbaugh tribe in keeping the false "death panel" idea going, I said I had been wrong to think that the modern blogosphere could act as a truth squad. Here are several reader hypotheses about why things are panning out this way, starting with the one that's most vivid and convincing and ending with a truly constructive suggestion.
town-hall  health  reform  insurance  death-panel  information-cascade  rumor  information  diffusion  stickiness  propaganda  right-wing  communication  media  journalism 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Tracing information flow on a global scale using Internet chain-letter data — PNAS
Although information, news, and opinions continuously circulate in the worldwide social network, the actual mechanics of how any single piece of information spreads on a global scale have been a mystery. Here, we trace such information-spreading processes at a person-by-person level using methods to reconstruct the propagation of massively circulated Internet chain letters. We find that rather than fanning out widely, reaching many people in very few steps according to “small-world” principles, the progress of these chain letters proceeds in a narrow but very deep tree-like pattern, continuing for several hundred steps. This suggests a new and more complex picture for the spread of information through a social network. We describe a probabilistic model based on network clustering and asynchronous response times that produces trees with this characteristic structure on social-network data.
information-cascade  information-science  information  communication  email  dissemination  viral  networks  network-analysis  ideas  rumor  internet  circulation  epidemics  diffusion  research  paper  probability  model  social-networks 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Chain letters reveal surprising circulation patterns
Contrary to predictions that large-scale information spreads exponentially, like an explosive epidemic, the researchers found that the letter did not reach a large number of individuals in a few steps. Rather, it took hundreds of steps of people forwarding the e-mail on to reach the 20,000 who signed the found copies.
information-cascade  information-science  information  communication  email  dissemination  viral  networks  network-analysis  ideas  rumor  internet  circulation  epidemics  diffusion 
august 2009 by tsuomela
The Failure of #amazonfail « Clay Shirky
connects emotion and protest over amazon delisting of GLBT titles
online  culture  diffusion  protests  amazon  emotion 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Irving Wladawsky-Berger: A Historical Perspective on the Financial Crisis
Over the past couple of centuries years, we have had a technology revolution every 40 - 60 years, starting with the Industrial Revolution in 1771....
Each such revolution takes about half a century to spread around the world, and is characterized by two distinct periods: installation and deployment.
history  technology  technology-cycles  economics  growth  future  crisis  diffusion 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Dynamic spread of happiness in a large social network: longitudinal analysis over 20 years in the Framingham Heart Study -- Fowler and Christakis 337: a2338 -- BMJ
Objectives To evaluate whether happiness can spread from person to person and whether niches of happiness form within social networks.

Design Longitudinal social network analysis.

Setting Framingham Heart Study social network.

Participants 4739 individuals followed from 1983 to 2003.

Main outcome measures Happiness measured with validated four item scale
happiness  network  social-psychology  social-networks  research  longitudinal  psychology  diffusion  emotion 
december 2008 by tsuomela

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