Presenting: Bullet Style Writing

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 his brain can handle 100 units and a max of 1,000 units of info, 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 be reduced to fit into human limitations. If each information can be reduced to 0.00001, or be grouped into 100 or 1,000 units, then at max capacity, the person can still accommodate all the info from his countrymen.

* The nature of the brain as a physical entity is different from the nature of the mind as a metaphysical entity


Bullet Style Writing

Since information in its recorded form most usually manifests as something written, then the style of writing can be optimized to adapt to the increased amount of information.  This can be done by breaking down complex ideas into basic ones, and grouping similar or contiguous ideas*, as described by David Hume.  For example, we implement Hume’s metaphysical ideas in re-organizing a news article on Yahoo, to make understanding it faster and easier:

bulletstyle - New Page (2)

* Following the maxim that all ideas are connected


Positive Response

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 the data model of the Non-Arbitrary Resource Allocation or NARA, (a multilateral barter trading system) to make its information system more efficient, more scalable, and to make it easier for APIs to manipulate. I experienced the need for efficient information while working as IT support for a major investment bank wherein the traders on the trading floor needed access to news in order to make the correct bets or trades ahead of others. Leaner information also makes it less expensive for NARA to be implemented in slower computers or in countries that have slower internet.



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