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I don't know if anyone else has seen this, but Business 2.0 (a monthly
magazine about IT and web stuff in general) has just declared that Social
Network Analysis is the winner among all the various contenders for the
title of "Best New Technology of 2003". Runner ups include 64-bit chips,
micro harddrives, and Voice Over Internet Protocols. In the center of the
fold out page containing the article about SNA there is a network picture
containing non other than Stan Wasserman’s smiling face. Indeed, his is
the best picture of the bunch (Kevin Bacon, Duncan Watts, and Stanly
Milgram all look rather dour in comparison).
The story and the picture leave one with the impression that Milgram was
the founder, at least inspirationally, for the whole field. But, I guess
no short historical take is perfect. Lin, when is your book coming out? We
need it ? quickly.
David Krackhardt, Professor of Organizations, Editor of JoSS
Carnegie Mellon University
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