Bullet-style WritingSeptember 21, 2020
The advent of the internet allowed information to be shared globally, resulting in ‘information overload’. However, this increase in the quantity of information being perceived did not really come from new information, but instead came from already-existing information from various sources being made accessible to the user or perceiver.
Assuming that there are 100 million people in a country, and a person creates his own information and interacts with 100 people in a day, then he can perceive up to 100 units of information. But through a nationwide internet-like system, he can perceive up to 100 million units of information from everyone in his country, of lesser quality.
Assuming that his brain can handle 100 units and a maximum of 1,000 units of information, then he will naturally be overwhelmed by 100 million.
Since brain and mind* cannot change drastically overnight or even in a few years, the information must be made more efficient and reduced to fit into human limitations. If each information can be reduced to 0.000001, then 100 million of it can be squeezed into his capacity of 100 units.
100 000 000 * 0.000001
*The nature of the brain as a physical entity is different from the nature of the mind as a metaphysical entity
In this way, by reducing the superfluous data or noise, he can still have a piece of the information from his fellow-countrymen and really know all of his country to some extent.
How it Works
Since recorded information usually manifests as written text, then the style of writing can be optimized to reduce the noise and unnecessary data. This can be done by breaking down complex ideas into basic ones, and by grouping similar or contiguous ideas*, as described by David Hume:
*This follows the maxim that all ideas are connected
For example, we implement Hume’s metaphysical ideas in re-organizing a news article on Yahoo to make understanding it faster and easier:
I’ve posted the above article on social media and so far most have preferred bullet style as more convenient and quicker for comprehension.
This style of organizing information will be implemented in our simplifications of enlightenment-era works, such as those of David Hume and Montesquieu in order to make the more understandable.