Political Writing: The Sequel

DonkeyElephantJust in time for the primaries, Valdis Krebs of orgnet.com has come up with another fascinating — maybe a little frightening — example of social network patterns and in this case, how they relate to political book buying. As I originally wrote about in the post “Has Partisanship Ruined Political Writing?,” book buying has split in a fairly straight-forward fashion into red and blue clusters, with only a few books bridging the gap between the schism. This latest network visualization shows the most influential books in each cluster using a “prestige metric” from social network analysis. Broken Government shows up as the most influential blue book, and An Inconvenient Book is the most influential red book, just beating out Power to the People.

Take a look at the visualization yourself. Which of the books, if any, have you read?

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