"Ideas spread because they are good at spreading, not because they are inherently valuable." - Me

Steve Hargadon, The Learning Revolution Has Begun, Jul 07, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is a healthy bit of pushback against the popular idea that the spread of ideas is inherently a good thing. "
Think of a virus. The characteristic most important to a virus spreading is that it spreads quickly. Does it ultimately maim or incapacitate or kill its victim? Those things are really secondary to its ability to spread fast before the long-term results kick in, whatever they may be." That is (in my opinion) why the structure of a network is important. A network needs to be able to resist harmful cascade phenomena.

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