Musing on language and writing this morning provided an interesting insight. There are several ways to write. Off the cuff, purely creative stream of consciousness, well informed or not, might be thought of as one extreme of an imaginary axis that has art at that end, with super structured and mapped out statement of fact (or story), edited and re-edited, on the other.
Having had more than my fill of highly structured science writing, mostly off the cuff has been far more appealing to me in recent years. A friend suggested to me that such was the way of the artist, that what wants to be written is written, regardless of readership or purpose or even quality. He told me that the artist does not strive for outcome. Of course he’s a scientist, so who’s to say?
Writers of non-fiction who are both brilliant in their understanding of the data of the Noosphere and with artistic and appealing ability in use of words to accurately convey those ideas are rare. Those who take their thinking beyond what is already “known” and who can convey that thinking in ways accessible to the less well educated or cognitively gifted are fewer still.
As the quality of education and reading ability of the masses in this country has declined, the need for writers and other communicators who can translate complex ideas into simple terms grows. Just as humanity desperately needs a marriage between the material and spiritual realms, a marriage of science to art might also be quite useful.
Better yet, a marriage of knowledge to art, the very essence of human creativity.
Once again, the internet strikes me as the evolutionary tool that has come to be to help make this happen. Long, complex, well researched and sound commentary is not read by thousands of people, it disappears into some discipline specific realm of the web quite quickly.
Short simple blogs and such, on the other hand, can say lots, with little, be very resonant, memic.