Noema Magazine: How Online Mobs Act Like Flocks Of Birds

Noema Magazine: How Online Mobs Act Like Flocks Of Birds. “A growing body of research suggests that human behavior on social media — coordinated activism, information cascades, harassment mobs — bears striking similarity to this kind of so-called ’emergent behavior’ in nature: occasions when organisms like birds or fish or ants act as a cohesive unit, without hierarchical direction from a designated leader. How that local response is transmitted — how one bird follows another, how I retweet you and you retweet me — is also determined by the structure of the network.”

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