Social Synapses

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

The super connector of any social group has a lot of influence, but most likely is not the person sporting the biggest paycheck. WIRED magazine contributor Clive Thompson breaks down the good, the bad, and the intimate science of reality mining.


Clive Thompson

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I'll assume the guest host really really means well, but she has a death-wish tendency to say out aloud exactly what she shouldn't and thus come across as too snarky and arrogant. She bungles and steps on the toes of guests, callers and on this segment, apropos of nothing, even on Obama.

Brian are Leonard are truly world-class, exceptionally good, but when they step out WNYC has to show some depth in its bench.

Aug. 11 2008 08:20 AM
BL Producer from WNYC

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Aug. 05 2008 11:41 AM

Right, Amy, 'cause parking by the ladies room wouldn't look weird at all. Besides, by sheer volume he's much better off being by the men's room. No insinuations of sexism needed.

Aug. 05 2008 11:25 AM
Amy from Manhattan

So Obama chose a seat by the...*men's* room, huh? What does that say about how much power (he thought) women had in that office? If the boss's assistant (still a women in most offices) is really the best connected, is it better to sit close to the women's room?

Aug. 05 2008 11:22 AM
O from Forest Hills

Brian's on vacation all this week and next week.

Aug. 05 2008 11:20 AM

if super-connectors are recognized by managment how are they viewed and treated? (especially diring lean times?)

are they viewed as assets, or threats to the formal managment structure? are they deliberately retained during lean times, or the first to go?

Aug. 05 2008 11:19 AM
susan bourla from long island

The librarian has to deal with everyone in the school to do his or her job well and should indeed be the super connector - not the school busybody, but the person who gets the job done.
But this whole discussion is a waste of time. With all due respect, when are the usual guest hosts returning?!

Aug. 05 2008 11:19 AM
O from Forest Hills

How is the librarian in charge? I would think a teacher whom is head of PTA or the union would have a lot of power or the Principal's Secretary, they know everything. they have all the dirt on their boss.

Aug. 05 2008 11:13 AM
hjs from 11211

like a librarian in a school?

Aug. 05 2008 11:10 AM
O from Forest Hills

The super connector is the person in charge of the others and if they are not obedient they are cast out of the circle?

The unwritten rules of what's really going on and who is really the boss in charge...

Good topic, I like it, I don't like to be the super connector, I want to be led and submit to the master of the group.

Aug. 05 2008 11:09 AM

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