Those home-makeover shows like Trading Spaces can be fun to watch, but they lie to the viewer, in a way -- I mean, of course it's gonna be a breeze to redecorate an entire room when you've got a TV production company footing the bill for materials, an experienced decorator holding your hand throughout the process, and a couple of professional carpenters on the sidelines who can custom-build a coffee table for the new room in 24 hours.
But if you haven't got the time or money to do the whole room -- or if you're a renter and need to think about ease-of-disassembly for the future -- you can still spruce your place up by redecorating a small area within a room.
I started thinking about this when the need to rat-proof my home office area forced me to move my computer and all the associated cabling up high -- more or less to my own eye level, in fact. My computer set-up was now safe from the destructive teeth of two bad little rodents whose names I won't mention -- but as an unavoidable result, I had all those ugly cables to look at. Come on down to the Root Cellar and I'll show you my nifty solution!
Is a network a market? Seems to me the two are very similar, with the understanding that the store of tradable value in networks isn't always money but can be trust, shared interests, or beliefs. Similarly, markets often exist in collective or public goods which are best supplied by vast networks. What is the relationship between these concepts, network and market? Is there one, or is it not worth discussing? Consider the insurgency. Is it a network? If so, doesn't it create a market for providers of jihad to interact with its consumers? Their product is war.In answer to Chester's question, here is my modest effort:
I'd like to hear your thoughts.