[Air-L] [REQUEST] What are internet research's iconic diagrams?

Robert Ackland robert.ackland at anu.edu.au
Sat Aug 27 17:41:05 PDT 2016

The "Divided They Blog" network map of US political bloggers in 2004:

Adamic, L. and Glance, N. (2005). The political blogosphere and the 2004 
U.S. election: Divided they blog. In Proceedings of the 3rd 
International Workshop on Link  Discovery (LINKDD 2005), pages 6–43.

The "Web is a Bow Tie" diagram:

Broder, A., Kumar, R., Maghoul, F., Raghavan, P., Rajagopalan, S., 
Stata, R., Tomkins, A. and Wiener, J. (2000). Graph structure in the 
web. Computer Networks, 33(1-6), 309-320.


Dr Robert Ackland
Associate Professor, School of Sociology and ANU Centre for Social 
Research and Methods
Leader, Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks (VOSON) Lab 
Australian National University

On 28/08/16 06:24, Alex Leavitt wrote:
> If you were to pick a handful of the most iconic diagrams across internet
> research, theory, and history, what would they be?
> I'm trying to compile as many diagrams as possible. They could also be
> graphs, charts, photographs, drawings, etc. They could come from sociology,
> anthropology, computer science, physics, etc. They could also relate to
> social theories that are particularly prescient for internet studies.
> For example, I think the diagram of distributed networks in Paul Baran's
> 1964 "On Distributed Communications" (
> http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/research_memoranda/2006/RM3420.pdf,
> diagram on p. 16 of the PDF) is a great example of what I'm looking for.
> For another example in the theoretical realm, perhaps the "two-step flow"
> model from Katz & Lazarfeld's 1955 Personal Influence (
> https://www.utwente.nl/cw/theorieenoverzicht/Theory%20Clusters/Mass%20Media/Two_Step_Flow_Theory-1/,
> scroll down for the diagram).
> Does anyone else have pointers to any other iconic diagrams?
> Thanks,
> Alex
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> Alexander Leavitt, Ph.D.
> USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
> http://alexleavitt.com
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