A Computer Model That Replays Europe’s Cultural History
Some folks from Copenhagen have modeled the dissemination of culture based on local influence, and almost retraced the history of Europe in the process. Beginning with the idea that people are most readily influenced by those near them, they put them down as nodes upon the geography of Europe.
By allowing a computer to simulate spreading ideas millions of times upon this framework, they showed that cultural borders shift rapidly (top), people congregate to cultural centers (middle) and that there are very specific information pathways (bottom).
Essentially, it reminds us that you usually like what those around you like. But with the fluid, perhaps invisible borders of the digital age, how will this behavior change?
(via Technology Review)