PART IV: The Scandal of Mapping Quantum Storytelling – blog by David M. Boje, Ph.D. 28 Aug 2015

The Scandal of Mapping Quantum Storytelling

I want to thank the people such as Professor Corey Anton (author of some very informative YouTubes on ontology, as well as his book Authenticity and Selfhood, 2001) for his posting on ‘dreams’ and ‘ontology’ on this blog, and colleague Wilfred Berendsen, who asks me to get into my understanding of the socioeconomic context of Mapping Quantum Storytelling.

The mapping scandal I want to discuss is how many cities are not on some official maps used by the State officials of New Mexico. map_of_arts_a_scandal

What do you notice about this map. If you are from New Mexico, especially in the Southern half of the state, you may notice several distortions.

First of all Santa Fe and Taos are not urban, not metropolitan cities.  And the second largest city, by population, is not on the map. This of, course is Las Cruces. Third, the map is distorted, as Albrqueuque, is relocated to the middle of the state, which displaces communities who are actual dwelling there.

 This map was from a presentation by Thomas H. Aageson, Executive Director of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. The presentation was Dec 3-5 2008 to the National Lt. Governors Association in meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico. See p. 34 (it has been removed from the web).

However it is an example of the scandal of Quantum Storytelling Mapping. Those  who make the maps, with the power and resources, and state legitimacy to make the maps, can distort the ‘real.’

The mapping scandal has many consequences. It explains why universities closer to the North are paying professors higher salaries than those of us to the south.  It is a case study of how arts money flows North, and trickles down to the South.  It explains why veterans services, such as equine-assisted therapy programs for veterans are in higher numbers, and more funded by Department of Veterans Affairs, than in the South (map the certified providers and you will see, not much happening in the Southern part of the state).

That brings me to mapping the way homeless shelters are distributed throughout the State of New Mexico.  We are developing a play in Veterans Theater, and an act called Viva Las Vegas. Its Las Vegas, New Mexico, also not on the map above. A city of about 15,000, it is not on the map, and has few if any resources to feed the homeless, so what is a Mayor-Council government to do?  The solution, recurring in far too many cities in New Mexico is to hand the homeless a bus ticket, to Albrqueuque, or down south to Las Cruces, or out of state to El Paso Texas. Better not to bus them to Colorado, unless you are particularly sadistic.

Colorado just passed a law making it illegal to help homeless by giving them food. Is feeding the homeless illegal in your city too? Here is a second map.


“An October report by the National Coalition for the Homeless found that since January of 2013, 22 cities have successfully passed restrictions on food-sharing, and the legislation is pending in nine other cities. (Fort Lauderdale’s measure passed a few days after the Coalition’s report published.)” (source). In Houston food give away to the homeless is a crime. In such cities and states, you can be arrested, fined, or if you resist, put in jail.

So the concerned citizens of cities, their government officials, and police, are putting homeless people on the bus with a ticket to some destination where its legal to food share, where there is some day shelter of a mission.  There are efforts in the cities across New Mexico that have no shelters of food sharing programs to start them, but that requires rezoning, and the cooperation of the downtown business owners, the realtors, and corporations such as Wal-Mart, Albertsons, and the like. In many cities these corporations do participate, and thats a good thing. But cities such as Alamogordo, who gives bus tickets to the homeless, and sends them to Las Cruces (the cheaper ticket fare than El Paso), the rezoning power folks are keeping the zoning shelter and food bank free, so I am told by homeless folks given a ticket to ride.

this is not an ontical (empirico) generalization, or a theoretical generalization, but rather the underlying obtruding everyday Being-in-the-world of those homeless given a ticket to ride out of town. It is the underbelly, the underlying Situation, ontologically, a meaning of Being, where the “cares of Life” are distorted into epistemic generalization (not in my backyard), and/or empirical (post-positivist or ontic) narrative generalization, that make for maps that are superficial renderings of Quantum Storytelling(Heidegger, 1962: # 200).

What is the scandal here?

In Grounded Theory methodology, the supposed “access to the Real” is by building a bridge between the epistemic (theoretical categories) narrative-generalizations and the positivist (aka ontic and post-positivist, or empirical) generalizations (Heidegger, 1962: # 202). However, as we are exploring in our mapping exercise, power makes the maps, and socioeconomic interests and pragmatics make the maps into superficial, ungrounded, groundless bridge building between epistemic-ontic, a leveling takes place, where many cities, folks, bus routes of homeless are being erased, left hidden, in the underbelly, while the people donating bus tickets, can sleep soundly, dreaming they have actually helped, been concerned, but this is the ultimate scandal of Quantum Mapping.

Forgot my power cord, so all for now.  Battery life is part of life.