Thursday, May 11, 2006

Diagram #9 (Parts & Operations of the Arrow)

“Imagine this case: We give someone an order to walk
in a certain direction by pointing or by drawing an arrow
which points in the direction. Suppose drawing arrows
is the language in which we generally give such an order.
Couldn’t such an order be interpreted to mean that the man
who gets it is to walk in the direction opposite to that of the arrow?”
--Ludwig Wittgenstein, The Blue Book
(Preliminary Studies for the ‘Philosophical Investigations’)


neil. said...

Very interesting, Brent. It brings to mind the phrase, "To be ordered around." Is it possible, then, that our office environment could be re-drawn as a series of order/event arrows? Or, taken to the next information level, perhaps a series of arrowed vectors whose color/width/length could illustrate the type of direction, the severity of the direction, and, in the end, the likelihood of the conclusion of the direction. Thereby allowing for the existence of a "hope arrow" or a "wish arrow" or a "not-in-this-lifetime-buddy arrow". Thank you for this illuminating and thought-provoking diagram, friend.

Chris Vitiello said...

Brent, I would be interested to see a similar analysis of dotted lines/boundaries. Also a contrasting of arrows with physically pointing at.