What is a Network? (responses)
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1/14/2014 19:28:59• Before taking this course, my only knowledge of networks was fairly 2-dimensional I think. A network, strictly speaking, consists of connections among a collection of nodes – whether they be people, institutions, technology, offices, etc. I like a term I learned in one of my earlier ODU classes – rhizomes – thanks Dr. Rho – which seems to offer more of an organic sense of networks / networking. I think it’s also a verb, the idea of leaning on others in that “network/noun” for knowledge sharing or building, or for work sharing. Networks – to be effective – require some means of outreach, some means of communication, some means of transference, but there must also be some sort of pattern which all agree upon, some sort of backbone which serve a common, agreed upon function. I think that sense of unity, however, must become problematic at some point, but for now let’s look at the backbone as the tech / media means, the communication link – perhaps even a common purpose or goal? So next 4 minutes on some key focus words. I think transference / sharing is going to be important to this sense of network / networking. Of course, that implies connectivity, but on what level? Can we think about this as a two-dimensional, mechanical link? How would an organic framework (conceptual or real-time) affect our concept, our use, our view of such a network. Of course, businesses use an organic network – people – but could there be others?
• Final looping – mechanical vs. organic networks. How might that run into the articles we read in preparation, that of the rhetorical situation? Are networks rhetorical? Are they “situations? Surely the answer must be yes to both questions. How might the rhetoric shift when we think of organic vs technical? Does it need to? After all, given my interests in sci fi, even the organic is mechanical. Where did the time go???
transference connections nodes rhizomes organic mechanical
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1/14/2014 19:29:00A network seems to be a system of interrelated connections. While these connections constitute one network, they might also exist as connectors in other networks. I’m having a really difficult time thinking of what else to say about them…. There’s not necessarily an identifiable center or originator? Is there? Connections: I know I’ve heard the word nodes a lot. Is a connection a node? Should I know what nodes are? Peopled and things can be connections. These connections are not necessarily static—more dynamic.interrelated, connections, dynamic, center, nodes
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1/14/2014 19:29:25A network is an organized series of connections, among and between elements. The network is defined by the relationships between and among elements. There is an internal logic to the relationships; they are not arbitrary. The connection among elements in the network is defined by the preferences of the individual elements. An external framework may help organize or define the relationships among elements, but that framework is not the same as the definition of the relationships.Connections define the network. The network can grow as multiple connection logics emerge, largely based on the actions of the individual elements.

Computer networks have protocols and frameworks that are externally set. I don’t know if computer networks have similar free will that I addressed above. In a sense, the computers themselves interact with one another along defined frameworks and protocols. The question I have is whether the network is the hardware or the interaction. Does the hardware make a network, or does a network consist of interactions?
internal logic, relationships, protocols, frameworks
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1/14/2014 19:29:35A network is an audience of people or entities which interrelate physically, mentally, socially, within a phenomenological grouping, or a situation.

A network takes into account audience. A network changes a situation. It is involved with differance because it has the idea of a force which can redefine meaning. The group might be diverse and their "meaning" could be deferred/hard to define.

You don't have to want to be part of my network to do so and there are degrees of relationship including key nodes. The "cafe owner problem" may make you part of a network you didn't know you were in.

Vatz and Bitzer might say that a "network" begins with a speaker because you form shared experiences (and force a rhetorical purpose from most social people) by relating exigency (whether its yours or theirs, with or without details).

People say neural network or computer network. Those definitions have the interrelationship aspects but maybe not the facets above. This pares down the idea of what network is, but there is unity among the different components in this instance too.
Unity, Audience, Differance
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1/14/2014 19:30:39What is a network? It’s a group that is organized, and that extends beyond the individual , who in relationship with others. Items in relation to each other and connected to each other via a system or mechanism. Things that affect one part of the network can affect the whole network. It is connected. Individuals on the network are connected to each other, and can travel across the network. Depending on the size of the network, it may take much time and you might encounter various gatekeepers. For example, you might have access to only part of a network. There can be networks within networks. A network exists for a purpose, to accomplish something. A network has an exigence. It is greater than the sum of its parts. It can extend influence, and create urgency, positive or negative. A network has “nodes” which I consider “hubs” or gatepoints.

Exigence – a network exists for a reason. It can go around quickly, accomplish something quickly.
Nodes – ack, statistics.
Mechanism – thinking of computer networks,
exigence, group, connected, node
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1/14/2014 19:31:33I think a network is a series of connections (whether among people, synapses, etc.), that tend to create systems of information. It is a way of mapping relationships like those in the mind, among people for an assortment of reasons (usually in connection with business relations), and with computers systems like databases.Networks seem to find the most relevance in medical studies, among social media, information software (like academic databases), and business-employee relationships. They seem especially important in a more globalized world where information distribution and social connections are gaining a greater foundation in how systems work, such as corporations are taking their businesses abroad.Connections, Systems, Information, Distribution
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1/14/2014 19:32:12A network is a group of connected things. It can be a group of theories all with the same purpose, or a group of different relationships. It can also be a study of a group of things. A social network is the means of which groups of people meet to collaborate all in the same place. A network is a relationship among people for the same purpose. group, collaborate, relationship
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1/14/2014 19:32:24What is a network? A network is a system of interconnected people or things that allow the users to be in contact with one another, utilizing their links to links with others. They allow people to exchange information and experiences for professional and social reasons. There are also computer networks where computers, machines, and operations are all connected.
Networks make me think of wires branching out connecting to other wires and making new wires. Roots of trees. Synapses in the brain. These are what I see when I think of the words network. I also think of networking. Making connections with people in order to find more people to be connected with. These networks make me think of a means to an end. A way of reaching a goal/destination with the assistance of whom you know over what you know. So, I guess part of me dislikes networks because of their ability to uplift those who have networking skills over those who have the talent and skill for the job. Not that someone cannot be talented and connected.
Networks also make me think of removing limitations. Being able to expand infinitely, as long as there is space or capacity. I have never considered networks beyond knowing that I needed them. I only recently became aware of my networks. The connections I have because of my links to others. The words link, connecting, interconnected keep coming to mind. link, connection, system
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1/14/2014 19:33:22A network is a system of connections. A network may have multiple parties linked in some way so that they have some kind of shared activity and may communicate with other members of the network. Some kind of interest, activity, shared experience, or similarity defines members of the network. Because members of a network communicate, they often have some shared mode of communication and some defined method or system of discourse so that communication with other members of the network is easily facilitated. Networking requires an ability to communicate with others of a similar nature or in a similar field or situation. The ability to communicate is key and there can be no network without that ability or mode of connections. Members of a network are often unified around accomplishing a task of activity together or through shared interest in accomplishing a task or activity. Because they create a discourse that is used to share communications, perhaps they have created a specific genre unique to their network. discourse, activity, communication, genre, connections
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1/14/2014 19:52:05A network is an audience of people or entities which interrelate physically, mentally, socially, within a phenomenological grouping, or a situation.

A network takes into account audience. A network changes a situation. It is involved with differance because it has the idea of a force which can redefine meaning. The group might be diverse and their "meaning" could be deferred/hard to define.

You don't have to want to be part of my network to do so and there are degrees of relationship including key nodes. The "cafe owner problem" may make you part of a network you didn't know you were in.

Vatz and Bitzer might say that a "network" begins with a speaker because you form shared experiences (and force a rhetorical purpose from most social people) by relating exigency (whether its yours or theirs, with or without details).

People say neural network or computer network. Those definitions have the interrelationship aspects but maybe not the facets above. This pares down the idea of what network is, but there is unity among the different components in this instance too.
Based on my reading of the other free writes, I wish to add "clarity of purpose" to my list.

Connections was a focus of the class. Amy made connections a verb which I think focuses on their inherent activity. The discussion of this multiplicity's active or passive status was truly interesting. A static network is less useful if it has no activity, according to class, and may or may not deserve its name. So dynamism is a necessary ingredient. There's an organic element too. A network will not accept an element forced onto it.
Unity, Audience, Differance
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1/14/2016 19:52:45
A network is a connection of things, people, places, technologies, anything that can be connected, making a connection, doing connective things in space and time and such.
There is a network of computers in my house. Mine, Dave’s, and Tuan’s. Then my printer connects to the network so I can print things out.
I have a support network. People working together to help me and keep me busy if ever I am in trouble and need distraction or help or something.
My health insurance is a network of providers, most of which I can’t use, some of which are no help, but all of which cost a lot of money. I use this network to remain healthy.
School is a network of people and resources that I can utilize to help me improve my educational experience. I can go to the office of accessibility, I can work with people on tech, I can talk to a professor about rhetoric. I can do a lot of things within this network.
Networks are connections. In lots of ways, in lots of time and space and features.
In a lot of ways, everything is a network. I am a tiny network, in the big scheme of the world. I can connect things and people and events and such. I connected Erica with Amy to see about the job. She might take one somewhere else. But that was use of the network. It was good. She is forming a new network by working. But when she leaves, she doesn’t leave her network. She retains some of the network as she goes and then creates new spokes to her networks.
I have a tea shop network. A critter sitter’s network. A blogging network. A Facebook network. A dating network. Which I probably shouldn’t think of dating as networking, but it seems to even out like that. And why not? What’s wrong with retaining the connection even if there is no romantic thing happening? My friend network is pretty badass as well. All of it is connected through me and I can connect people through it. My printer connects to the network.
connection, support, people
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