***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** I stumbled across this example of SNA methods- http://www.discoverthenetwork.com It is a website connected to David Horowitz. I haven't had time to look in great detail or examine its methods. One quick glance at its entry for the League of Women Voters (founded by people with ties to, or who were, socialists and pacifists) turned up an alarmingly poor standard of documenting. For example,: "In 1983 LWV solidified is pro-abortion stance. In 1989, the League began work on "motor-voter" registration, which allows, in effect, anyone with a driver's license to become a voter, regardless of citizenship status. The first President Bush vetoed motor-voter registration in 1992; in 1993 <http://www.discoverthenetwork.com/individualProfile.asp?indid=644>President Clinton signed a re-authorized bill. " It does raise some issues for me about the maturation of networks as method, as theory, and as a field of actors. Do we have a public responsibility to raise awareness and correct false impression about the use of relational data? Especially, how much malicious or unintentional misuse is there of directed versus nondirected ties? Are social actors (people, groups, organizations) the sum of their relations? I understood Ron Breiger's Keynote address at Sunbelt to urge us to think about networks in terms of stable relationships and dynamic actors (and not vice verse). Two cases in point- a) A NY state Republican is criticized for describing the Democratic party as a party of "Barbara Boxer, Lynne Stewart and Howard Dean." Lynne Stewart is an attorney convicted of helping her client, a Muslim Cleric convicted in the 1993 plot, to send messages to his followers. I suppose she was a registered Democrat. But that doesn't mean the Democrats, or Boxer or Dean endorse her (a bi-directional tie?). b) Cheney''s and Bush's ties to oil companies are long documented, and often taken as proof of association or coordinated action. Cheney's ties to Halliburton have been especially criticized. Are those ties more valid than in a? Jordi Jordi Comas Visiting Assistant Professor Management Bucknell University 570 577-3161 [log in to unmask] http://www.facstaff.bucknell.edu/jcomas "There is nothing so practical as a good theory." Kurt Lewin _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.