Spire’s Fundamental Law of Internet Dynamics

Badness scales better than goodness.

(Yes, I am just figuring this out.)

5 comments for “Spire’s Fundamental Law of Internet Dynamics

  1. November 6, 2006 at 11:35 pm

    And you accuse me of just learning what a cold, cruel world it is!

  2. November 7, 2006 at 4:48 am

    The Daily Incite – November 7, 2006

    November 7, 2006 – #151 Good Morning: So its out there. Ive been a bit quiet on the blogging front and will be for most of November because Im writing a book. The Pragmatic CSO will arrive on January 2, and Ive got a lot of work

  3. November 7, 2006 at 11:20 am

    i can’t shake this feeling that there’s a connection to (or at least an analog to) thermodynamics in there somehow…

  4. Pete
    November 7, 2006 at 3:14 pm

    @Kurt – at the very least, it inspired me to change my title. ;-)

  5. November 7, 2006 at 11:58 pm

    well, i thought about it some more and here’s what i think the connection i’m seeing is…

    ‘goodness’ seems predicated on some degree of cooperation of many people to maintain (ie. not disrupt) existing systems and/or to build new ones… in so far as cooperation implies some level of coordination, ‘goodness’ could then be considered an expression of ‘order’…

    by contrast, ‘badness’ has no need for cooperation or coordination, and as those things require effort/energy, ‘badness’ therefore requires less effort/energy than does ‘goodness’ and so is the more spontaneous of the two…

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