Communication breakdown: a graphic representation of dialogue
Appearing on the op-ed page of the April 4 New York Times was this illustration by Paula Scher depicting the life cycle of a blog post. It actually resembles many efforts at public discourse, particularly those of a political nature.
Familiar points include "present factoids that counter thesis", "impugn the character of thesis author", "impugn character of anyone who even considered agreeing," "criticize the character of those who repudiated the character of those who agreed," and "denounce all dissenters of thesis".
Yup, that sounds about right.
(Hat tip to Kottke.org.)