Friday, 28 March 2014

Social network topology and interpersonal bandwidth as a predictor for conflict

Response to: http://squid314.livejournal.com/329561.html?view=11210073#t11210073

A lot of arguments and disagreements come about because of misunderstood terminology: words and phrases that evoke different imagery and have varying definitions between different groups of people.

These differences come about because of uneven diffusion of information through the social network, and restrictions in interpersonal bandwidth more generally.

We can reduce the long-term aggregate severity of arguments & disagreements (at the expense of some short term pain) if we increase our communications bandwidth both individually and in aggregate; and act to bridge the gaps between super-clusters in the social network.