If you really tried to make a diagram of all the competing rivalries and infighting that have all come to a simultaneous head down on Grant Street
, I don’t think you could do it on two dimensional paper. It’s not just a collision of the many political factions that coexist in what we call city government, but you have the collision new pols and old, of the traditional media and the internet, of mainstream journalists and bloggers and even of competing media organizations. Then throw in competing business interests, money of course, and let’s not forget the legal actors. It all defies description. I think there must be some allegory to the story of Flatland
in all of this. If you were to cast the characters, who would be the squares? the circles? the isosceles triangles? or the Chief Circle. Oh, never mind.
If Flatland isn’t the right tool to understand all of this, is it all a simple example of the butterfly effect, chaos theory or just plain old entropy?
So much for my attempt at metaphysics…. How about this? Things are just messed up. This is all going to be very painful.