Another compelling aspect of The Standing Ovation Problem (previously mentioned here) is the concept of celebrities and intellectuals.

In that model (the behavior of individuals when a performance ends) the person at the very front is a celebrity, because everyone sees them, and they see no one (and therefor hold a significant power to set the tone of the room). The person in the very back is called an intellectual, they see everyone and no one sees them.

This is mentioned in the paper, but described much more compellingly in Page’s Model Thinking course on Coursera.