Six Degrees of MySpace

Six Degrees of Separation
I have always been fascinated with the idea that the connection between any two individuals on our planet may be as little as six acquaintances. Surely, the advent of the Internet over forty years ago breathed new life to this concept, which was first conceived by Guglielmo Marconi in 1909. In fact, I wonder if the supposed existence of a multiverse would not only strengthen this supposition but actually decrease the degree of separation. Social networks like MySpace and Facebook and, dare I say, even WordPress, also contribute to our shrinking world, where people from all walks of life and every corner of the world are able to connect albeit virtually (and even anonymously, for that matter). And if a current science fiction idea like a “group mind” were to come to be, there would be zero degree of separation. We will forever be connected with everyone and we will never be alone. Hmm, on second thought, that would be a bad idea.

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3 Responses to “Six Degrees of MySpace”


  1. 1 curlywurlygurly April 20, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    i’ve seen the 6 degrees in action…

    i used stumbleupon and landed on a blog created by a guy living in finland. one of the comments in his post of the day was written by a blogger who visits my page regularyly. it was weird to stumbe on a random blog and find her there…but there you go…

  2. 2 jonsquared April 21, 2008 at 5:10 am

    @ curlywurlygurly – That certainly provides more proof. 🙂

  3. 3 Bryan April 22, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    There used to be the worry that the Internet would drive people away from social activity. That may be true, but in some ways it has also had the opposite impact. Through blogging, I have actually been making new friends online. It is really bringing the world closer together.

    Hey, I was tagged with a meme and I am now tagging you. If you are so inclined, join in the fun. If not, no big deal.

    http://dadintheheadlights.wordpress.com/2008/04/22/get-to-know-me-better/


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