Many of us have heard of the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon where the idea is to connect any actor in Hollywood with Kevin Bacon in less than six degrees. The goal is to connect the two in as few connections as possible so using an example from wikipedia,
“Ian McKellen was in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) with Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy
McAvoy and Fassbender were in X-Men: First Class (2011) with Kevin Bacon.”
This means McAvoy and Fassbender each have a Kevin Bacon number of 1, while Ian McKellen has a Kevin Bacon number of 2.
The game was invented in 1994 by 3 college students, although the idea of six degrees of separation in the general world population was first posited in 1929 by Frigyes Karinthy, and popularized by John Guare’s play, later a movie, of 1990. Along with the small world theory and the growth of social networks it now seems that often less than 6 degrees are needed to link one person with another. Facebook says that on average there’s only 3.57 degrees of separation between any 2 FB users.
I thought it might be fun to try a Six Degrees of Yoo Jae Suk game, but soon realized that almost everyone in the Korean entertainment industry was probably connected to him in less than 3 degrees. Even I have a Yoo Jae Suk number of 2. The top photo shows me with Brad Moore and the 2nd photo is Brad Moore with Yoo Jae Suk. Kevin Bacon has a Yoo Jae Suk (YJS) number of 3. Kevin Bacon – Tom Cruise – Jack Black – YJS. Arnold Schwarzenegger also has a YJS number of 3.
Which leads me to wonder if there’s anyone in Korea who has six degrees of separation from YJS ? Maybe so, because it is thought that 12% of Hollywood actors can’t be linked with Kevin Bacon using the strict criteria of the original game. Also when discussing the idea for the whole world there’s obviously isolated populations where people have less interaction and contact with the outside world.
Can you do a six degrees with your bias, or favorite group? I thought I would give it a try.
Kpopjacketlady – Brad Moore – Yoo Jae Suk – Big Bang.
This time without using Brad, because through him and YJS I could ‘connect’ with lots of people.
Kpopjacketlady – Kenneth Kim – BTS. (BTS stayed at Ken’s place one time when they were doing an event at Times Square Mall in Seoul.)
You may have to do some looking, but let me know if you have any ‘degrees’ of connection with any Kpop idols or actors. (Obviously I haven’t counted the idols and actors I’ve high fived at recent concerts, because using that I could ‘connect’ quite easily with a multitude of people. I was fortunate enough to chat with Brad at a social event, and Kenneth is a friend so I thought it was ok to use them, as the ‘rules’ say acquaintances.)
Have a great day everyone.
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