From the introduction to Oregon's Living Landscape (The Oregon Biodiversity Project, 1998):
Some conservation biologists believe that habitat fragmentation--the breakup of extensive habitats into small, isolated fragments--is the most serious threat to biodiversity and is the primary cause of the present extinction crisis. These fragments are often isolated from each other and surrounded by a modified or degraded landscape. The result is a reduction in the total area of the habitat, less "core" habitat and more "edge" habitat.
I wonder if this characterization is analogous to the cultural environment many artists find themselves operating within--we are, like habitats and their denizens, often isolated from one another, working intently in our little cells, surrounded by degraded cultural forces. And so we shift to edges--or edgy creative spaces: new habitats characterized by liminal zones, amorphous boundaries, decentralized authority, and ever-new (& more urgent) adaptations.
Does the analogy hold?