• Hello all and welcome to SNA.  My name is Dr. Jennifer A. Johnson and I will be co-teaching this class along with Professor Michael Pastore.  Professor Pastore and I have been collaborating on various SNA p […]

  • Jennifer A. Johnson posted a new activity comment 1 year, 1 month ago

    Nice chart Giny!! It is interesting to see that the strongly agree and agree declined over time when asked about the benefits of science for the next generation. But the disagree or strongly disagree did not change…where did those opinions go?? 🙂

    Thanks for being a pioneer in data viz for SOCY!

  • What is digital sociology? What is digital data?

    Deborah Lupton, a pioneering sociologist, describes digital sociology as having four main components:

    Professional digital practice: using digital […]

  • Jennifer A. Johnson posted a new activity comment 1 year, 5 months ago

    Very interesting! I did not see a gender analysis in your discussion. It seems to me quite logical for males to play alone till they become quite skilled and then enter the game with others. I also wonder if there are any details about the more intense players which could be gathered from their avatars (is that the right word?). Why did they…[Read more]

  • Jennifer A. Johnson posted a new activity comment 1 year, 5 months ago

    I am intrigued by this article. The theoretical proposition that inequality is embedded in networks and can be passed down to children is fascinating. There have been lots of discussion of this idea but no one, to my knowledge has tested it using SNA. However, I am confused on the methodology. I assume it used modeling and computer generated…[Read more]

  • Jennifer A. Johnson posted a new activity comment 1 year, 5 months ago

    What are the implications of the co-authorship patterns? A 2-core would imply very few co-authorships among the group. Is this typical of chemistry? Would authorships in education of chemistry look different? Is this a gender thing? Do men co-author more or less? What do you think it means that the core is so sparse?

    • To answer your questions, I would need to do a similar study across a number of different disciplines. I am aware of some work that shows that chemists tend to be more insular in co-authorship (and in terms of inter-disciplinarity) that other STEM fields. A citation map of STEM journals shows that STEM fields other than chemistry cite journals…[Read more]

  • Jennifer A. Johnson posted a new activity comment 1 year, 5 months ago

    What is interesting about this article is that it is sophisticated methodologically but I don’t see any discussion of the implications of their findings. So what? Why should we care that @everyday health was highest? What are the implications of these findings? This is where digital sociology comes in! We can help computational social…[Read more]

  • Jennifer A. Johnson posted a new activity comment 1 year, 5 months ago

    This study looks to be very helpful for your own research. The one question I have is about how they calculated density given that each player had to rate every other player. Did they only keep high rating and drop low ratings such that if a player was rated low, then there was no connection or edge? Do you have data from another team either…[Read more]

  • Jennifer A. Johnson posted a new activity comment 1 year, 5 months ago

    Very interesting and complex methods. Citations are always a great ways of mapping a scientific network…hmm, maybe a good practicum project for you? What did the authors predict in terms of disruptive technologies? It would be interesting to see if they could have predicted cell phones or wireless as disruptive technologies using this methodology.

  • Jennifer A. Johnson posted a new activity comment 1 year, 5 months ago

    It is so very logical that social networks would be vital to the homeless. I can see not only connections to family, but also how they are embedded in the networks of the homeless themselves. I wonder if more connections among the homeless leads to better outcomes? I could see it going both ways–more connections = more social support. But I…[Read more]

  • Jennifer A. Johnson posted a new activity comment 1 year, 5 months ago

    Both of your articles are both innovative and ‘no duh’ type of conclusions. Both found that participating in groups = more emotional attachment and more friends. Durkheim would be proud of these articles. But, both also illustrate how non-SNA focused theory, i.e. cohesion and friendships, are really, at their core, network based theories. Once…[Read more]

  • Jennifer A. Johnson posted a new activity comment 1 year, 5 months ago

    What is valuable about your reviews is the use of secondary data to do SNA. As more people begin to use SNA, large data sets containing SNA data are being generated and can be used to ask more substantial theoretical questions about the role of networks in our lives.

  • Jennifer A. Johnson posted a new activity comment 1 year, 6 months ago

    I wonder if the dualistic social movements of the last decade represent the dialectic of the modern network society that is pushing for change?? What would Marx say?

  • Jennifer A. Johnson posted a new activity comment 1 year, 6 months ago

    I agree…there are many different pros and cons to the internet era. Just as there were with the birth of the industrial age!

  • Jennifer A. Johnson posted a new activity comment 1 year, 6 months ago

    Great example of the public sphere in action. I would also add that the public sphere means being able to access open information about what is occurring. Politicians, particularly Trump, understand the power of the public sphere and the pivotal role information plays in mobilizing that power. Thus, demonizing and delegitimizing public…[Read more]

  • Jennifer A. Johnson posted a new activity comment 1 year, 6 months ago

    While the public sphere seems more open, your point about the political economy of it also illustrates its power is more insidious, hidden and targeted. We now feel free to choice but that freedom is actually being governed by covert forces which can follow us without us knowing! I wonder about our definition of public?!

  • Jennifer A. Johnson posted a new activity comment 1 year, 6 months ago

    We are at the very beginning of these changes…the sand is shifting beneath our feet faster than we can measure. I think we are merely coping with change right now…what our social systems look like when we are fully digital, I can’t even imagine!

  • Jennifer A. Johnson posted a new activity comment 1 year, 6 months ago

    I don’t understand the hot/cold info graphic? I do wonder if we are not romanticizing the ‘global village’ and minimizing the level of retribalization? Or maybe we just have not fully achieved the global village and are still shaking off the remnants of retribalization?

  • Jennifer A. Johnson posted a new activity comment 1 year, 7 months ago

    It will be interesting to see if any gender stereotypes are played out among the crossplayers? Do FtM express more aggression or interact less? Do MtF express more emotions or support? Think about the role of gender when you begin analyzing the data!

  • Jennifer A. Johnson posted a new activity comment 1 year, 7 months ago

    You should tweet him when you have your visuals and see if he responds!

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