Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Readings for lecture 3 - Network theory

Lecture 3 (Nov 9) will cover, and for seminar 4 (Nov 14-15) you should read:

- Benkler, Chapter 7, "Emergence of the networked public sphere" - primarily the second half of the chapter (p.241-272).
- Barabási, parts of chapters six, "The 80/20 rule" (pp.65-73) and chapter seven, "Rich get richer (pp.81-90). Available in Bilda/Documents/Literature - 17 pages
- Hall, "The ever evolving web: The power of networks" (pdf file) - 11 pages

Comment on readings:
Benkler builds on and relies quite a lot on Barabási and so I have chosen a few select pages from his excellent book "Linked: How everything is connected to everything else and what it means for business, science, and everyday life". While the book (and the examples) are a little aged, Barabási has a knack for explaining and making difficult things simple - and the underlying principles of how networks work are still the same/always true.

Shirky writes good and is entertaining (as always).

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