The Art of Useful Information

We live in the information age, but anyone who has walked through a library knows that big stacks of great information are useless unless you can process and use them.

The problems of our time rarely come from not having enough information.

Our problems come from not having enough meaning.

That’s why we need information art.

The meaning of information comes from how gracefully you link it together.

Information well organized is easy to use, easy to process, and easy to understand. Without graceful organization, people have to struggle to digest your ideas and they become useless.

Information art scales – from personal stories, to life philosophies, to teaching, writing, and creating computer programs.

A story about your dog means something completely different if you connect to life philosophies than if you connect to feeling stupid. The dog sitting on the sidewalk is a lesson is stopping to smell the flowers, or an enraging failure of discipline and dignity.

A class in economics means something completely different depending on what order you put the ideas, who you are talking to, and how you relate to them. Is this a class in formula X, or in how people purchase happiness?

It could be useless, or it could be world changing, all depending on whether people can connect with it.

You get to choose the connections. That’s why it’s art. Nothing has to connect. It is up to you to decide what meaning you create. Will you link to ideas that are beautiful and meaningful, or to the miserable and trite?

The meaning is your choice, so make it a good one.

What’s the target you really want to hit?

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