Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Reverse Milgram Experiment

Joy Observant readers will have noticed a slight diminution in the frequency of posting here recently. It's temporary and has several causes - partly due to my teaching load at present and in part because I've been online more than ever, but in other networks rather than here. These include Buzz, which I'm still experimenting with, but mostly Friendfeed, which I've been working with extensively (two identities) over the past few weeks.

These networks share a common feature: the Like link. Easily understood but much underestimated, "Likes" are little jolts of joy which transmit attention between network nodes. In addition to traversing the synapses of attention, Likes also reward contributions - "strokes" in the vocabulary of emotional intelligence.

Move over Stanley.