narrative

Explaining Reed's Law

When I drop Reed's Law into conversations peoples eyes tend to glaze over. People don't seem to emotionally connect to math equations or respond well to phrases like 'social network theory' or more likely they have a very hard time understanding something they can't visualize even if they hear the words and read the proof.

So let's try a narrative instead....

uberzacker: think of it like this
uberzacker: you have 500 people in an auditorium
uberzacker: all listening to a speaker
uberzacker: they are given a task - like, solve the oil energy crisis
friend: heh
uberzacker: only problem is they can only speak to one person at a time
uberzacker: like
uberzacker: in the standard sense
friend: I see.
uberzacker: the speaker takes questions at a mike
uberzacker: and holds a discussion with an audience
uberzacker: ok
uberzacker: you might learn a bit
uberzacker: but you won't get very far in solving the energy crisis
uberzacker: now
uberzacker: imagine everyone in that auditorium can instantly find and create a working group of cohorts
uberzacker: where they can team up and independantly solve different facets of the problem
uberzacker: one group for urban planners
uberzacker: another for economic buffs
friend: damn.
uberzacker: another for building a website for the movement
uberzacker: etc.
uberzacker: and each group can coordinate with each other effectively towards their common goal
uberzacker: now, how much more effective is the second group?
uberzacker: exponentially more effective
uberzacker: thats what the internet does, except on a global scale

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