Miro Slodki: The Measurement of Whispers

Doesn’t it happen to you?  Once in a while, you have the best of intentions about dealing with all of those things on your B-list of priorities and then along comes a blog post or a link to an article that hijacks your entire morning because it contains deep context for you.

Is that how we experience information cascades?

Here is a post by Miro Slodki that hijacked my morning.  The links to research alone make his post a great book mark.

You will understand a lot more about how cascades work after reading it.

Check it out here.

Diane Benscoter TED talk: How Cults Rewire the Brain

This TED talk by Diane Benscoter leaves open a lot more questions then it answers IMHO but I feel that is has a place in this blog.

I have a lot more to learn about how we can head off, deconstruct or destroy unwanted memes.  How to prevent the idea of “going postal” from spreading?  How do we neutralize the idea of replicating a shooting spree?

If you have links to papers or blog posts about neutralizing viral ideas I would appreciate it if you would share them.

After you watch the video, I recommend that you scan the comments over on the TED site. Could this be described as a memetic battle line?