Saturday, May 8, 2010
vol. 2, number 15, Flatland
Flatland, a novella published in 1884 about a two dimensional world, is loaded with social criticism of Victorian society, but it provokes thought about what a two dimensional world would look like from a three dimensional point of view. This seems like an obvious place to go after the allegory of the cave as most of the two dimensional critters of Flatland can't be bothered with any notion of more dimensions and they ban all such nonsense. This has such a tidy parallel to cartoons. The characters in a strip have no knowledge that they are two dimensional, and naturally, there is always someone peering into your space from an angle that you don't even know about.