Game Changer

This powerpoint presentation provides some background to our paper on creative teams in the video game industry and includes some graphics and animations that could not be presented in the paper version with Mathijs de Vaan and Balazs Vedres.

Peripheral Vision in Financial Markets

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This is the PowerPoint that accompanied my keynote lecture in Moscow, October 28, 2012.

Structural Folds

This powerpoint presents images and other graphic representations that Balazs Vedres and I were not able to include in the published version of this paper in the American Journal of Sociology. It shows, for example, an animation that illustrates the operation of the clique percolation method. We use CPM to identify cohesive structures as well as the structural folds at their overlap. It also shows animations of the network structure of our observed data, graphics illustrating our method for determining group stability, and more detailed representations of the historical lineages of cohesion.

Reflexive Modeling

This PowerPoint presents some material not included in the accompanying paper. There is a bit more here on "performativity" - the notion that the use of a model improves its predictive ability. Included as well are some graphics illustrating the process that Daniel Beunza and I refer to as reflexive modeling.

Social Times of Network Spaces: Network Sequences and Foreign Investment in Hungary

This powerpoint presentation contains images and other graphic representations that could not be included in our paper published in the American Journal of Sociology. You will see how our notion of pathway is a temporal sequence through a network space - as opposed to a path connecting nodes. It also presents output of the optimal matching analysis. Color coding facilitated interpretation at various stages of the data analysis for this project.

Political Holes in the Economy: Blockage and Brokerage in Hungary

In this PowerPoint, Balazs Vedres and I present the argument that the polarization of the political field in Hungary has created fizzures in the economy: firms affiliated with left-political parties are increasingly unlikely to have business partnerships with right-affiliated firms. To introduce the cast of political parties, we include posters from the 1990 parliamentary election campaign.

PowerPoint in Public: Digital Technologies and the New Morphology of Demonstration

This PowerPoint about PowerPoint presents materials not included in our published paper. It contains, for example, images documenting how Colin Powell's presentation at the United Nations was crafted in direct parallel to Adlai Stevenson's UN presentation during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It also includes audio and video files from Powell's demonstration.

Socio-technologies of Assembly: Sense-making and Demonstration in Rebuilding Lower Manhattan

This PowerPoint augments the argument that Monique Girard and I make in our published paper, presenting more visual materials about the diverse forms of public assembly in which New Yorkers imagined the possibilities of urban space at and around the World Trade Center site.

Satisfaction Guaranteed: Malls and Megachurches

Is it a mall or is it a church? This question could be asked of almost any of the images in this photo essay. The answer, in every case, is that the photos, taken by my son Ben Stark, are of megachurches in Oklahoma City. The opportunity for our research was the centenial anniversary of Max Weber's essay, "Church and Sect in North America," for which Weber conducted field research in Oklahoma during his visit to the United States at the turn of the twentieth century. In examining the architecture of megachurches that are deliberately built to resemble shopping malls, we explore changes that have occurred in the relationship between evangelical Protestantism and the spirit of capitalism.

Silent Lectures


Musicians, dancers, and actors perform; and audiences applaud. Coaches and sports statisticians measure athletes' performance. Companies monitor the performance of their employees, stock markets register the performance of firms, and at the semester's end students are asked to evaluate their professors. Top Ten lists are ubiquitous; online ratings of restaurants, movies, and books abound; and we are frequently asked to rate the reviewers. This slideshow explores the interplay of the real-time skilled achievement of effective performance and the evaluative principles of measurement. From the bedroom to the boardroom, pharmaceutical companies and management consultants promise enhanced performance. We live in an age of performance anxiety.


What is an effective demonstration? Protestors demonstrate. Engineers demonstrate their inventions. Rock bands, technologists, and website builders make demos - working models at various levels of completion that point to capacities for further development just as a protest demonstrates capacities for further escalation. An engagement ring signals commitment and demonstrates future earnings potential. This slideshow explores the interplay of political, commercial, and technological demonstrations. A Steve Jobs' demonstration of a new Apple product is orchestrated to resonate with Mac or iPod users as a quasi-social movement. And before it was a film, Al Gore's slideware demonstrated the threat of environmental catastrophe. Demonstrations are important for a vibrant democracy. Because political and technical issues are increasingly intertwined, effective demonstrations are likely to mobilize charts, graphs, models, and simulations no less than the mobilization of protestors in the street.


We live in an age of modeling. This slideshow explores the interplay of models as representation and experimentation. A model can gesture to some exemplary, even utopian, point. As a figure of imagination, it can be a guide, a model, for action. Models can also represent the current situation or state of knowledge, whether of protein folding, a national economy, or the urban environment. But as we also know from the practice of fashion designers and architects, a model is not simply a means to represent a final product to the client but is also a method for testing and experiment. Examples here include: the extraordinarily detailed scale models of a real estate developer, the hydrological model of the Keynesian economy, and fashion boutiques in Tokyo's Shibuya district in which the young salewomen model ensembles which they themselves distinctively fashion.

Frequently Asked Questions

In this silent lecture, Gernot Grabher and I play with the genre of frequently asked questions. Keywords: innocence, anticipation, confusion, frustration, resignation, desperation, provocation, hostility.