Sunday, February 1, 2009

MIS - Putnam, Bowling Alone

"Networks and the associated norms of reciprocity are generally good for those inside the network, but the external effects of social capital are by no means always positive."

I found this passage interesting because it discussed that externalities produced by social capital can be negative. Social capital is usually associated with positive aspects in a community, but it can also be used to inflict harm and disorder. It is odd to think that the same networks that people rely on everyday enabled Timothy McVeigh to carry out the the haneous Okalahoma City bombing.

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