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I did a lit review, for a general audience publication, about the
social network dynamics of elections several years ago, and came up
with a similar conclusion -- "It's the [local] Conversations, Stupid"
On Dec 31, 2007, at 6:16 PM, Barry Wellman wrote:
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> But get good networks
> see below
> Barry Wellman
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> Elvis wouldn't be singing "Return to Sender" these days
> Today's Washington Post has an interesting article on the social
> of selecting a president.
> "The decisive factor ... is not the presence of influential people but
> people who are easily influenced. Random, insignificant events are
> magnified by networks of such malleable people influencing one
> and this tilts the race one way or another. Blind chance plays a big
> The pundits are merely gypsys. The meek shall inherit the earth.
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