Cartoons and Social Networks

This 2000 article, See you in the Funny Papers: Cartoons and Social Networks, is even more relevant (and entertaining) today than it was when first published.

The field of social network analysis seems to be in … center-stage position today. The fact that social networks is “hot” is indicated by its increasingly frequent appearance in the popular media, particularly in the comics. And, interestingly enough, many of those treatments are quite sophisti-cated. They refer, not just to the network idea, but they often reflect some of the more subtle and sophisticated ideas from our field — and they do it with wit.