Thursday, July 15, 2004

Thursday July 15, 2004

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:11 AM
The Roots of Coincidence

Yesterday’s first entry contained a picture of the Philadelphia group The Roots:

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Yesterday’s last entry, “Welcome to Mr. Motley’s Neighborhood,” dealt with properties of social networks.  Trying to learn more about such properties, I just came across this in the Wikipedia:
Small World Phenomenon

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, based on articles originally published in The New Yorker, elaborates the ‘funneling’ concept. In it Gladwell argues that the six-degrees phenomenon is dependent on a few extraordinary people (‘connectors’) with large networks of contacts and friends: these hubs then mediate the connections between the vast majority of otherwise weakly-connected individuals.”

From USA Today
Posted 7/12/2004 10:51 PM
Updated 7/13/2004 4:32 AM

The Roots tap urgent beat
in ‘Tipping Point’

The Tipping Point refers to Malcolm Gladwell’s book about critical moments that touch off social phenomena, and the album certainly conveys a sense of urgency.

Between the riveting beats and frontman Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter’s razor-sharp lyrics about a range of social ills, it’s almost impossible to turn away.” — Steve Jones

For more on black thought, click on the picture of Willard Motley’s book in the previous entry.

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