Thursday, January 7, 2010

Social Network Structure

One reason I love forums is that they make it remarkably easy to engage in different levels of involvement in many different communities.

It would be great if someone were to study the role of sock puppets in maintaining forum dissent. A sock puppet is a second user account and associated identity created and maintained by a forum regular with the intent of dissent or outright antagonism without disrupting other (often tenuous) bonds with other forum regulars.

It is always good to be reminded that the internet is not like everyplace else--nowhere else can you be so effectively two-faced with so little consequence.

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