More Limited Communication Purity

Apparently, I really like the idea cutting down communication to it’s purest form. (that’s really pompous sounding)- I like short writing. I like the idea that you have to pack as much as possible in just a few words.

Boing Boing has come through again by finding a book dealing with 6 word memoirs by a variety of writers.

My two favorites are below.

Yes, you can edit my biography. — Jimmy Wales

Must remember: people, gadgets. That order. — Brian Lam

I might simplify the idea for students and make them obituaries- it also avoids any of their work getting sucked into the Oprah memoir furor (nothing worse than having to apologize to Oprah on national TV). Give them bonus points for working in vocabulary words etc.

Here a more academic example that I took a shot at (I listened to this Tesla podcast recently- interesting stuff).

Eccentric Serb electrifies science. Dies poor. — Nikolai Tesla

I guess it all boils down to- well, boiling things down. There’s a lot of processing and thinking that goes into trying to sum up a life or period in just a few words. In the end it’ll help everyone. Have them vote on the best sentence. Post them individually in a blog and install the star rating plugin. Make your life painless while creating a study resource and getting your students excited. If you tag them by people, time period or other relevant category it’ll double your pleasure and fun.

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  1. Jim said on February 15, 2008 at 11:32 am

    This idea of less is more is one of the things about Twitter’s format that intrigues me. I am a long-winded, pompous ass, and trying to say thing with 140 characters often pushes me towards economical language. Taking the idea of twitter and putting it in another space may be interesting in this regard. Sorry I keep coming back to Twitter, it seems to be my platform of choice these days.

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