***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** " Jeff Johnson's post on this reminds me of the well-known story in the 1960s when no one came to the aide of a NYC girl (Kitty Genovese)" Hi Barry -- The Genovese family lived in my hometown, New Canaan, CT. Kitty is buried there. Those were strange days indeed. As I recall, the 'Genovese Syndrome' was not met with any authentic outrage. Rather, the response was weak and sanctimonious. There existed a tacit acceptance of the 'not wanting to get involved' mindset in the leafy suburbs of Fairfield County... 'That poor girl..." went the refrain. (Trust me, New Canaan was quite dysfunctional during that époque. It suffered from a suffocating layer of New England hypocrisy. The specific pathology is portrayed periodically by Hollywood and often set, even filmed, in New Canaan.) Anyway, the Genovese horror led to the remediation of the NYPD reporting system and eventually the 911 network. Both events seem to raise intriguing questions about Reed's Law, that social network utility rises exponentially with size. Take for example people calling 911 because their drive-thru fast-food chips are cold or a cat is up a tree. That is compared with the 'bystander effect' that led to the Facebook suicidal tragedies in the UK and Rutgers... Others interested in mass murder and network 'diffusion of responsibility' in New Canaan, aka "The Next Station to Heaven," may also wish to look at 'The Wind Cries Mary: Murders That Shook a Power Town' -- http://tinyurl.com/25mxj69 Cheers, -j P.S. There is a popular Facebook page called, "I Survived New Canaan." -----Original Message----- From: Social Networks Discussion Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Barry Wellman Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2011 9:41 PM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: [SOCNET] no Facebook friends helping the suicidal girl? ***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Jeff Johnson's post on this reminds me of the well-known story in the 1960s when no one came to the aide of a NYC girl (Kitty Genovese) as she was assaulted and murdered within earshot of a large high-rise building. As in this case, no one even called 911/emergency. Both Bibb Latane and Stan Milgram wrote about this, as I recall. When the people were interviewed later, they all said in effect they were weak ties, and they assumed someone closer to the assaulted person would intervene. Of course, this might be self-exerving explanations. I wonder if a similar explanation will be forthcoming this time, given that most Facebook ties (reportedly she had 1K) are weak. Barry Wellman _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.