Monday, December 6, 2010

Venn Diagrams for Flint Expatriates

Can Venn diagrams be used to simply sum up complex situations. This Venn by Jessica Hagy at captures a lot of the emotions swirling around Flint. But it also leaves out much of the nuance that defines the feelings of residents and expatriates alike.

Perhaps a more elaborate Venn — like the one below that attempts to capture "Things That Are Bad" — would be in order for Flint.

"Things That Are Bad" Venn Diagram courtesy of Click to enlarge.

Thanks to grumkin for this idea.


  1. Don't thank me... I just found that thisindexed link on an fb comment for the Torch Bar and Grill. So thanks to Mike... whoever he is... :)

  2. Oh man I love this. I love the original one. That sums up Flint to a "T" and I don't mean Model T.

  3. I gotta say the "Things that are Bad" diagram is very amusing. However, I have to admit that I had to look up who Fred Durst, Dale Peck and Kreplach were. I'm not sure if that says something bad about me or not but them Kreplachs look suspiciously like potstickers in which case I'd say they're not bad at all!


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