An illustration on how I comprehend the structure of the content in a text, it is like a melody and the sentences within this structure should harmonize with it to enhance it word by word in the same way each note fits in to a piece of music and adds to it. Together they set the beat and form the unique tune of that piece of writing. And just as with the music in movies our perception of the content and context presented to us is much effeced by the beat, the melody, the flowy bits and the quick turns, the harmonizing and dissonance that occurs along its path. But unlike in music we seldom talk about how our perceptual experiences is affected by the flow and the rhythm in the language it self, in the order and choice of words, in the way content is placed throughout the text, in the structure around the facts which are to be delivered and how that structure adds to, deduct and effectively change those hard facts.
When done well the text is easy to read and feels natural no matter how complex or non comprehensive subject may be for the reader faced with it. ”Yeah, I kind of get it.” will be a common response even from people who in reality couldn’t outline squat from it, much less derive anything useful.
The only time we speak up on the subject is in the accusations of someone using it in malice, to twist the minds of the general public, to inflict their beliefs in people of power, as a propaganda tool. But I am convinced this is the only correct way to go in all writing, especially in that which has the development of a constructive creation process as a narrative. Because just as in gaining the the skill of reading and thereby move away from the the state of analphabetism we all are bourn in to.. just maybe it will make someone keep on reading just because they like the tune and then slowly over time they start building an understanding of what is actually said. We as producers of written words can make the process of reading a bit easier on people by making it more enjoyable by making the structure more esthetically pleasing. And we must accept that we at all times must avoid dumbing it down because that helps no-one, the idea that dumbing it down is a way of simplifying that can help spread advanced knowledge and insight to the masses must be one of the sadest misconceptions throughout history of mankind!
It is time we start talking about this because being aware of the unavoidable of how these things affect the hard facts of the content and context we can be much more active in securing a correlation between that what we intended and the results of how it all ends up being received and perceived. Because that is what teaching is all about! It’s about making it easy and enjoyable for people to learn, it’s about making the material needed for learning accessible, it’s about making people want to learn. It is not about handing out sterile facts, for that you could use a reference list, in fact there are no such thing as ‘sterile facts’.
You read a thing over and over again and after a large number of times you realise it has changed, not the words them self but the text, it has gained a meaning, grown in content, developed new depth and added unforseen connections. This is learning! Because learning is about finding previously unknown terms and territory, it’s about keep on going infinitely, it’s about exploration whether that means staying in your comfort zone doing the same thing over and over again until something has changed or by daring to face that which makes you feel inferior. It is not about knowing, it’s not about understanding straight away. Learning is not about being taught.