The blame game

This week's New York Times Week in Review included a graphical network by Bill March of the various claims (and counterclaims) of fault for the failures of the Katrina response.

Leaving aside the actual content, this is a fascinating way to represent relationships between actors. Granted, at ten nodes, it appears to be near the limits of intelligibility - but I can see how approaches like this could be useful for portraying a whole range of social dynamics.

By the way, if you find this sort of thing interesting, I highly recommend you look at Mark Lombardi's work.

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