Once the structure is visible, the content becomes relative.
#3361 Created 04/26/2013 Updated 04/28/2013
How can you teach the public to peer through content to see structure? By metaphor.
Lou Grant was a TV series about the daily activities inside a metropolitan newspaper. It displayed dramas centered around the activities of reporters and editors, and highlighted some the conflicts and issues involved in producing the daily news.
The show illustrated the process of creating news stories, and gave viewers a better understanding of how newspapers -- and newspaper stories -- are produced.
The show gave a look at the structure that writes news, but gave a much less detailed view of the structures that made newspapers possible, and even necessary. A broader view would have shown the link between the types of content that newspaper carry, and the relationship between that content and the type of revenue that newspapers earn, for the production of revenue and the writing of stories are indirectly linked processes.
There's more on this thought in "This Structure Produces That Content."
White board notes: Once the structure is visible, the content becomes relative, or relevant.
Do "things" feel wrong? You have to point it out. But first, you have to characterize and measure what you are pointing out, and demonstrate how it is connected to "reality."
Something is wrong but you can't tell what. The news is mismatched to reality.
Who can fix it? The truth is that money buys power, or that power produces money. Similarly, as structure creates content, content can be studied to reveal structure.