Spreading social capitalism

Harold Jarche, Weblog, Oct 12, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I'm interested in the diagram, not simply because of what it says (though it does strike me that I could use the services of a connector to get me access a salesperson...) but because I wonder whether it makes sense to look at network diagrams and apply names and roles to different parts of them. Clearly this happens and can make sense - look at any map of the visual cortex, or a network analysis of an organization - but is this functionality an interpretation we place onto our network diagrams or inherent in the network itself? On an unrelated note, it occurs to me that if social capitalism works the same way the regular capitalism does, a small percentage (1 percent, say) of the nodes will connect all the links and claim all the social capital for themselves.
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