[Air-L] In-class exercises to illustrate social networks (Not just virtual ones). . .

Denise N. Rall denrall at yahoo.com
Sun Feb 14 18:18:14 PST 2010

Richard -

I use a simple six degrees exercise in my lecture, "What the )*(&)(*&)(*& is internet research?" by simply noting how many hops it takes for me to get to various personages around the world (it turns out that I *could* connect to the former Sadam Hussein in five hops! - not that I would want to) 

to point out my connectivity of the world and the proof of Milgram's "small world" exercise. 
Milgram, S. (1967). "The small world problem." Psychology Today 2: 60-67.
There is also script for a play, but I don't suppose students would take to reading out a script in class? It might be fun, though . . .
John Guare "Six Degrees of Separation: a Play"  1st Vintage Books Ed edition (November 14, 1990) which illustrates social connectivity.

Not sure if this is what you are looking for?

Cheers, Denise

Denise N. Rall, PhD. Special Projects, Faculty of Arts & Science,  Southern Cross University, Lismore NSW 2480 AUSTRALIA 
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--- On Mon, 15/2/10, richard.ling at telenor.com <richard.ling at telenor.com> wrote:

> From: richard.ling at telenor.com <richard.ling at telenor.com>
> Subject: [Air-L] In-class exercises to illustrate social networks (Not just virtual ones). . .
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> Received: Monday, 15 February, 2010, 4:46 AM
> Hello all,
> I am looking for some simple exercises that can illustrate
> social network analysis. I am thinking more of the "real
> life" versions of social networks that probabaly also bleed
> over into the virtual ones. 
> Any suggestions are welcome.
> Thanks,
> Rich Ling
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