Technical pollution: an alternate metaphor?

Joseph Purcell, from Palantir in Madison, Wisconsin has another interesting metaphor: Technical pollution

Slides here: https://josephdpurcell.github.io/Lorax/dist/2015-madison-php/index.html#/
and a video of his presentation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiMry8HRLQQ