On the self-gravitating mass of political, cultural and sociological or information and communications contexts: it is more than a metaphor. There are elementary information and communications-system (logical, topological, relational and perhaps analytically-inevitable) dynamics which approximate to recursive self-gravitation and the literal reflexive warping of technological, economic, political, cultural and semantic spaces back upon, into and through themselves. There are aspects of holistic or global-systems analysis in which not only are informal approximations to self-gravitation of uniquely-compelling impact, but in which such internal, logical hyper-inflation almost inevitably ends up assuming this kind of shape and self-reflexive dynamical symmetry.
It is salient to acknowledge that there may be many such abstractions (or projections) of gravitational centre in integrated and self-inflating logically-incomplete information and communications systems. What in any one context of interpretation or dimensional “slice” of the possibility-space appears as a centre is just as easily rendered under alternative perspectives or under divergent recombinatory axioms as the periphery of another similarly abstract gravitational mass.
In some perhaps necessarily indistinct sense these are communications systems undergoing semantic and contextual frame-dragging, acceleration, compression and emergent-systems self-propagation. Stepping off from a clockwork world of linear dynamics and a simple algebra of actors, effects and geopolitical stages into a new conceptual vocabulary of complex and multidimensional, plastic spaces and warping logical dimensions of political, economic, social and cultural analysis; ditching an analytical steam engine for an explanatory tesseract.
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[…] All of this might be little more that hyperbole and abstract rumination were it not for the very real, very current and imminent individual, organisational and technological metamorphosis within which we are all inextricably encapsulated. I have witnessed both large and small-scale organisational practices which are almost completely failing to keep tenable pace with accelerating rates of social and technological change. Various media spectacles of institutional ineptitude and incompetency across Federal Government in regards to navigating and negotiating solutions to the unfurling consequences of the information and communications technology revolution are among salient recent examples. Most organisations are still attempting to hammer the square peg of linear, mechanistic practice into the round hole of digital transformation. While a non-trivial proportion of this confusion and turbulence derives from the not-entirely-avoidable anachronistic and variously inertial or parochial conventions somewhat endemic of cooperative human endeavours at scale, there still exist concrete opportunities for improvement and useful recombinatory axiomatic metamorphosis. […]