I should admit finally my big hesitation to flat ontologies, since I’m teaching Levi Bryant today. Just after the run-up to the Iraq War, or a bit later, I remember reading chunks of Tom Friedman’s The World is Flat. And I remember well how this schnuck used this really bad metaphor (“I’m really clever, you see, the world isn’t round, it’s flat”—especially for CEO’s flying over it to their gulf games). So for a long time when I read of “flat” ontologies, I thought of Tom Friedman, which made me think of his mustache of doom, which in turn made me think of how our common ideology uses the idea of equality and flatness to hide grave inequalities, which in turn made me forever think I don’t ever want to talk about flatness, which in turn made me want to say how the world isn’t flat, which in turn made me think of Matt Taibbi’s great article on this.
I guess what I’m saying is that Tom Friedman ruined OOO for me for a long time, and maybe I’m starting to get over it.
(That’s half-kidding by the way, but really, Tom Friedman is a horrific writer and thinker.)