Too Big to Know – Prologue, Chapter 1
1. “The real limitation isn’t the capacity of our individual brains but that of the media we have used to get past our brains’ limitations” (Page 5).
- Our limitations in life are made by us and only by us. No one has the power to limit anyone’s learning abilities. However, in the event where we use media to get past our mental limitations, we end up putting a limit on how far we will take our mental abilities. Instead, one could eliminate media resources and use the information at hand.
2. “Filters no longer filter out. They filter forward, bringing their results to the front. What doesn’t make it through a filter is still visible and available in the background” (Page 6).
- Filters are a great source for finding exactly what you are looking for. One may not want all the information on a certain topic. Thus, using a filter is beneficial to individuals. If what you filter is not what you’re looking for, there is always available info left in the background. And filtering the background info in a different way can also help find what you’re looking for.
3. “Toffler pointed to research indicating that too much information can hurt our ability to think. If too many bits of information are transferred into our wetware, we can exceed our “channel capacity” – a term straight out of Information Science” (Page 11).
- Sometimes an overload of info can interfere with our mental abilities. Each person has a different “channel capacity”. And only that person could determine whether the info is hurting or helping their abilities to think further.
Technical Writing 101
1. “The “technical” part of technical writing doesn’t necessarily mean that you must be a programmer, electrical engineer, or other hardcore techie” (Page 8).
- As long you have a firm understanding of the technology and how it functions you are writing about you are good to go.
2. “Writing about new technology (often nonexistent at the beginning of the project—and sometimes surprisingly close to the end) means that you can’t possibly be expected to know everything about the new stuff” (Page 9).
- Your ignorance about any new technology will in fact help you because odds are people have encountered the same problems you have. And from these problems you can learn how to word it better so people will understand and not make the same errors you encountered.
3. “The problem is not getting information but identifying what information is relevant” (Page 13).
- People don’t want to read on and on about something and not have it get right to the point. Being able to find the relevant info Is an important part of technical writing because you are providing people with info that is direct and understandable.