***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Yes, I've been the "designated talker" for the study, for the most part....to keep things coordinated. The press seems to feature the person who is interviewed, rather than the article. (In a few cases where they interviewed Bob Putnam because they couldn't get one of us, they made it sound like it was his research, even though he kept trying to correct that impression in his comments.) I've requested that the Footnotes entry about our press coverage refer to the article (with its authors: McPherson, Smith-Lovin and Brashears) rather than to the person interviewed, as that seems more appropriate (and easier to keep track of). An interview on Canadian public radio actually began with an excellent sound bite from Matt Brashears before interviewing me.....but made it sound like we had done two separate studies. Such are the ways of the press. Our main hope is that people who are reading and listening will take away the fact that (1) networks are important, (2) they are related to larger scale community/family structures, and (3) they might be changing in their frequency and form, so they need more study. Let's hope.... As for the media storm, Miller says it right.....this too will pass. Cheers, Lynn S-L Professor of Sociology Duke University _____________________________________________________________________ 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.