Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

Have you ever played this game? It all starts with the one and only, Kevin Bacon.

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Inspired by “six degrees of separation,” the theory that nobody is more than six relationships away from any other person in the world, the game was dreamed up in 1994 by Brian Turtle and two classmates at Albright College in Philadelphia. They were watching Footloose on TV when it was followed by another Kevin Bacon movie, and then another.

So basically, you name an actor. Say Matt Damon. How is Matt Damon connected to Kevin Bacon? Well, Matt Damon was in Courage Under Fire, with Sean Astin, who was in White Water Summer with Kevin Bacon. Okay, how about Mila Kunis? Mila Kunis was in Ted, with Matthew Spinale, who was in R.I.P.D. with Kevin Bacon. I imagine you get the gist.

I would also like to add that there is a website dedicated to this, entitled “The Oracle of Bacon.” http://www.oracleofbacon.org [Please note that this shockingly is an org domain!]

The reason why I am blogging about the great Kevin Bacon, is because he was recently interviewed by Brandon Griggs of CNN. He stated that at first he was a bit offended by the game, but soon came to the realization just how connected everyone is. In my opinion, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon reinforce today’s social web of online connections.

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By maggiebania

2 comments on “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

  1. One of the interesting things about this is that, using the posted site, you can find other people who are better centers than Kevin Bacon (i.e. actors for whom the average distance to another actor is lower). Samuel L Jackson for example is a better center for this sort of analysis than Kevin Bacon. The whole thing is really a very interesting exercise in Graph Theory.

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