Recently when I outlined the differences between contact and networking to a friend, he came back with the following examples: “Contact is Jimmy Stewart; networking is Tom Cruise. Contact is complex carbohydrates; networking is simple sugar. Contact is Zen; networking is scientology. Contact can effect changes at the infrastructural level; networking effects changes at the superstructural level.”

Samuel R. Delany
Bryce Wilner

Samuel R. Delany, Times Square Red, Times Square Blue (1999) (New York University Press, 2019), p. 141.