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The Glass Tower is the site of the titular inferno in The Towering Inferno (dir. John Guillerman, 1974) and serves as both the site of the film’s blockbuster narrative and as one of the foundational towers of cinema. Constructed as an elaborate nearly 100’ tall model, the Tower is integrated into the film itself, establishing disaster tropes and their visual representations.
A truly great example from Simon Sellars’ Applied Ballardianism (2018), with great nods to William S. Burroughs, from the start of chapter 95 (pages 340-341).
Willa Paskin’s piece in Slate, “Rachel Maddow’s Conspiracy Brain” relies heavily on string-theory constructions in her critique of The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, 2008- ): link.
This piece in The Atlantic (22 March 2019) certainly has a string-laden opening illustration.
Illustrating an article in The Atlantic, “How Tom Steyer Built the Biggest Political Machine You’ve Never Heard Of.”
A nice quiz from New York magazine’s Vulture: “Pop Quiz: Can You Identify Crazy Conspiracy Theory Walls From Movies and TV?” (2011): link
A good explainer of “soukanzu” (相関図), which shows character relationships, at Kotaku.
Coverage of string theory walls by Richard Benson, under the title “Deconding the Detective’s ‘Crazy Wall” (23 January 2015); not sure “crazy wall” really covers it, but some good examples within and a fun lead illustration: link.
It certainly seems all connected (in the darkest possible way) between Facebook and Cambridge Analytica; illustration from the Vox article, “Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica crisis keeps growing” (link).
From the priview coverage of the it’s-all-connected miniseries, The Looming Tower (Hulu, 2018) in The Atlantic: link.
From “The Voices in Blue America’s Head, (November 22, 2017), in The New York Times Magazine, on the political podcast company, Crooked Media
The header image to The New York Times piece, “After Decades of Silence, Small-Town Newspaper Revives Missing Woman's Case“ (November 17, 2017) features a related style of board: link.
A rare prose example from Jeff VanderMeer, “The Release of Belacqua,” in The City of Saints and Madmen (2002).
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