Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Good News Travels Faster

Debate on the upside and downside of the Internet continues to rage, and won’t be settled any time soon. I’m an upsider, and take the view that powering forward imperfectly beats staying still or rolling back perfectly. The liberating and involving nature of the Internet cuts creativity loose on such a fantastic scale, that I think we’ll have the capability to fix the flaws as we go.

Recent research at the University of Pennsylvania through the New York Times is encouraging. It turns out good news travels faster than bad and that the positive emotion of awe travels fastest. Large scale awe-inspiring stories that make us see the world in a different way catch fire.

Make what you will of this, but “emotional communion” of this kind suggests that people move towards positive change, and will get in behind it when it counts. A booster for the case that “the glass half full” holds plenty of water.

2 comments:

Peter Baruffati said...

Without trying to steal anyone's thunder (although the odd clap wouldn't go amiss), I am of the opinion that good news only appears to travel faster. My suspicion is that bad news has already lapped it.
Then again, my glass ain't half empty.
No, not half full.
Empty!

Jaky Astik said...

and bad travels... faster?