Ratfink with Trident Paws

Sunday, November 28th 2010

Ratfink with Trident Paws

The Three Wandering Weldeks

Friday, November 26th 2010

The Three Wandering Weldeks

Wolant Mofesseroncarfellegus

Thursday, November 25th 2010

Wolant Mofesseroncarfellegus

Hierarchy of Sqweldek

Wednesday, November 24th 2010

Hierarchy of Sqweldek

Wilkoi and the Ten Legged Floating Arpel

Tuesday, November 23rd 2010

Wilkoi and the Ten Legged Floating Arpel

Chatter Overload, the Delicate Mess and the Impending Neoluddite Movement

Monday, November 22nd 2010

Imagine a group of people. Everybody knows everybody else. Everybody stays in regular contact. Imagine a small village. Or a tribe. A few people and the communication is manageable. The number of connections between people is still small. But add a few more. And then a few more. Things get quite complex quite quickly.

So complex, you won't have the time or mental capacity to deal with all the relationships; relations you have with other people, pondering the relationships between other people and how those relationships relate to you, etc.

The "social information" expands beyond your mental capacity.

It starts to turn into stressful noise. Chatter overload.

So this sort everybody-knows-everybody-else-really-well type of group can't get very big.

What happens as the group expands, then? Smaller everybody-knows-everybody-else-really-well groups emerge. Outside that group there are people you know, but don't know that well. They go in another group. Others you have passing acquaintance with - they go in another group and so on.

The classics might be:

Friends/Family

Acquaintances / Work Colleagues

Occasional Acquaintances / Friends of friends

Public

So far so obvious.

But there is another interesting aspect to relationships.

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