How come, that while the internet is full of pictures and videos of cats, most of what I deliberately consume is pure text? And it’s not just me, either. Both LessWrong and HackerNews are examples of full-fledged subcultures like that. Even parts of Reddit are like that. Why? Here’s some thoughts.
- We value text: while most of the internet prefers pictures and videos for entertainment, we prefer to have information as text. Why? because while pictures/videos are certainly helpful, they rarely can describe the full picture with the necessary nuance.
- Books !!!
- Scientific papers
- mine: fkarg.me
- Newspapers, online or offline
- sure, the hook is a big picture
- every internet forum
- usually inverse problem: too few diagrams, if enough non-code text at all