The Grid [part 1]

[The Grid is a series of writings about the effects of technocratic sampling, modelling and analysis on reality and our experience of it.]

Uncertainty, or The Problem with the Model

…but satisfactory comprehension was not forthcoming. No matter how fully actions were structured and planned, no matter how carefully intentions were modelled there was always an outlier, a missed variable, an unexpected consequence. Uncertainty was a relentless fact. The problem was not the models, they decided, not the data; that was perfect, precise, complete. No, the fault must be with reality’s model of itself.

Certainty, or The (Im)posed Solution

A grid was drawn over reality, dividing it in every dimension, in every category, each cell with an equal quality. Uniformity as understanding. A new state of existence was thus created with action, reaction and communication closely monitored and controlled, lest an imbalance or inaccuracy be introduced. Over time, actual reality and this administrative actuality came to be identical.