|Date||3 November 2016 (Thursday)|
|Time||6:30 - 8:30pm|
|Venue||Room 8-210, 8/F, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, CityU|
Prof. Jonathan J. H. Zhu 祝建華教授
of Department of Media and Communication
City University of Hong Kong
The term “network thinking” is obviously closely related to currently trendy buzzwords such as “internet thinking”, “big data thinking”, and “computational thinking”. However, network thinking focuses on the connections or ties among human actors such as individuals, events, institutions, nations, etc. There is also nothing new in this relational orientation. What’s unique about network thinking is that it goes beyond popular clichés, e.g., “everything is related to everything else” or “the world is flat”, to explore what ties are effective, what ineffective, and what even counterproductive. In this talk, I’ll introduce 10 pairs of competing ties, including direct or indirect ties, one-way or two-way ties, bilateral or multilateral ties, manifested or hidden ties, strong or weak ties, positive or negative ties, unweighted or weighted ties, assortative or disassortative ties, and static or evolving ties. Through continuous empirical studies, network scientists have uncovered the conditions and mechanisms for some of the ties but remained unknown about other ties.