Parallels, Stages, and a Coincidence

Have you noticed the parallel between:

A) the Kubler-Ross’s five stages of grief
B) the Hype Cycle for new technologies
C) the 4 stages of acceptance of an idea?

A) Kubler-Ross’s Five Stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
She wrote that not everyone goes through these five stages. It very much depends on the individual and circumstances.

B) The Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies

Hype-Cycle-GeneralSource: “Hype-Cycle-General” by NeedCokeNow – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –

This graph could pertain to the acceptance of any new technology, idea, practice, etc. This brings us to the third observation:

C) The four stages of acceptance for a new idea (as articulated by J.B.S. Haldane):

“1. This is worthless nonsense.
2. This is an interesting, but perverse, point of view.
3. This is true, but quite unimportant.
4. I always said so.”

(Source: Review of The Truth About Death, in: Journal of Genetics 1963, Vol. 58, p.464)

Interesting coincidence: I was working on this post when my colleague, Kim Hoffman, sent her presentation to me. Kim will be presenting on Big Data in my Digital Humanities course this week. In her presentation, she had the following Hype Cycle for existent and emerging technologies:

Hype Cycle technologies


The graph shows where each technology is in terms of progress. Question: how does one determine where a given technology is on the graph?