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While I agree with Paul Resnick's comment that it is the possibly
pernicious use of SNA this is of most concern, and not its sheer
I do agree with the original poster's comment that we should work hard to
build a positive image.
University human subjects committees (called IRBs by the Mericans) have an
awful lot of discretionary power and are subject to fads. If they start
believing that SNA itself is intrinsically pernicious or dangerous, then
much of our research will stop cold in its tracks.
So I suggest going to the website (see archived last SOCNET digest) and
voting yes for SNA.
Barry Wellman Professor of Sociology NetLab Director
wellman at chass.utoronto.ca http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~wellman
Centre for Urban & Community Studies University of Toronto
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