[LINK] Link's Influence

Kim Holburn kim at holburn.net
Tue Mar 27 01:54:03 AEST 2007

There's the Stanley Milgram effect, better known as "six degrees" or  
in mathematics the "small-world network".   It's dramatically  
enhanced by the internet.

On 2007/Mar/26, at 4:33 PM, Eleanor Lister wrote:
> stephen at melbpc.org.au wrote:
>> At 12:10 AM 26/03/2007, stephen at melbpc.org.au wrote:
>>> I'd also guess what we say here will have nil effect ..
>> Actually, I don't believe that.
>> In my experience Link is quite influential indeed. Time and time  
>> again
>> I've noticed for example that a topic bought up on Link gaining  
>> currency
>> (all of a sudden) in various political forums, and the media. One  
>> example
>> was a long email regarding privacy, which quickly appeared as a  
>> newspaper
>> item, and as far as one could tell, the arguments presented there- 
>> in were
>> almost word for word and also ordered very similarly as in the  
>> Link email.
>> In addition, on a number of occasions, I for one have been  
>> approached by
>> various print media following list emails with a request to either  
>> submit
>> that email, or one similar, as a letter to the editor. It appears  
>> obvious
>> that Link is indeed quite influential in Australia.
>> Though I guess one will never really know, I'm wondering if  
>> Linkers have
>> noticed this wider dissemination effect, and what, if anything,  
>> should be
>> done about it? I'd guess it's a good thing, but one would like it  
>> if Link
>> were to receive due recognition if it is true. Any Link thoughts  
>> re this?
> well, it's kinda indirect, but i often take notice of the issues  
> raised
> here and discuss them with friends, including some Greens, so i guess
> there's a sort of osmotic effect through the readers into various  
> parts
> of the community, does this count?
> regards,
>     EL
> ------------
> Eleanor Ashley Lister
> South Sydney Greens
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