|Figure 1. If you're not watching The Good Place, you should be.|
The details are important in this project. What I'm good at, though, is the big picture stuff--organization, logic, and sense-making in the writing that we're dealing with. I might not pay attention to whether the comma after an italicized phrase is also italicized or not, or even notice it, but then, my collaborators will, so I'm not worrying about it.
So far, this has worked well, and we work well as a team. But in one recent facet of the project, there's a huge problem that I'm having trouble convincing them is a problem. I've done the work to show why it's a problem, and explained it more than once, but no dice.
A few analogies may help.
- Someone gives you a nest of crumbly dried leaves and you have to put it together as a folio of coherent writing that makes narrative sense.
- Wait--you also have to put it together in the order that the person who gave you the leaves implies, but will not tell you, is the one, true, and correct order.
- You investigate over many hours, find evidence that helps, put it together, and write up an explanation. Aha! you think.
- Your collaborators say, "I think that there is a pixel of green on this leaf. We have to discuss that at length."
You say: "If we take this route, we'll get to a lifeboat."
Your collaborators say, "these gates across the third-class east stairway should be painted black, not blue."
The Trolley Problem
You, as Chidi from The Good Place: "Logic and ethics make this the best solution! Also, arrrgggghhh!"
Collaborators, as Eleanor and Michael: "Did you notice that there are 14 spikes holding the rails on the left side and 15 spikes on the right side? We have to discuss that at length."
This will all probably work itself out, but right now, I'm Chidi.
Or not, and I need to get out of this project, when they praise each other for their mad skilz and brush past my genuine intellectual contribution to say "thanks for keeping track of the edits." Yeah, I might be done.