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New Lines Appear Above Previous Lines

A minor change to language and literature
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As we read, we read in an inline progression direction, which for English happens to be left to right (which is basically backwards and incorrect and uncomfortable).

As we run out of space on a line, we go to another line. This line is traditionally in English, underneath. Thus, the progression direction is top to bottom. Each block of lines such as a paragraph progresses in a block progression direction.

My proposal is to change the way all writing in English is done (and has ever been done). Make new lines go above the current line. Make new paragraphs go above the existing paragraphs. Change the block progression direction from top to bottom, to bottom to top.

There are several good reasons for this. Firstly, as we read, we progress “into the future”, as far as a temporal analogy of the construction of our comprehension of the topic in hand is concerned. As things stand now, we progress into the future of a book or sheet of paper downwards, thus the future is increasingly down. If the paper or book is held in a lap or chest height, the future is ever toward us, our egocentric location.

This is contrary to how most people actually analogise the future. Most people have a temporo-spatial analogical arrangement in their mind that indicates future as “out there”, and the more the future, the more “out there” (usually straight ahead, but not always). When we read, we should be reading further “out”.

Thus when we hold a book in our hand, the progression direction should be from bottom to top, leading us away from us “now” and “here” to further “then” and “there” as the text unfolds (even if it is actually referring to the past — we almost never refer to past events by relating their progression backwards by running the story timeline backwards, i.e., toward our egocentric location).

The other good reason is that the internet, due to idiotic design of people who are basically stupid*, is full of messaging and user-generated content presentation that progresses upward. Everything seems to run in the incorrect direction. You start reading comments — it refers to a non- existent comment. Then you read another. It does too. Then a while later the non-existent comment suddenly becomes existent. This is incorrect. Stupid. Stop doing it.

Well, if you don’t stop doing it, then do this. Run text from bottom to top. Read upward, not downward. Start at the bottom and read toward the top.

* (look at numeric pagination for a commonplace example of idiot design) — these idiots spend all day sitting around agreeing with each other how great and smug they are with their UX/UI jobs. Idiots. Fucking idiots. Always refusing to give me work which would equate to me earning money. Fucking stupid morons. Fucking die.

Ian Tindale, Mar 06 2016


       This would be trivially easy to experiment with when using computerised documents. However, it is probably too sensible to be implemented.   

8th of 7, Mar 06 2016

       yahbut a text document is already closed: there is no upwards and outwards.
FlyingToaster, Mar 06 2016

       You’re thinking of abstract expressionism.
Ian Tindale, Mar 06 2016

       I was not able to guess the author of this idea before I got to the bottom of it...   

       //Idiots. Fucking idiots. Always refusing to give me work which would equate to me earning money. Fucking stupid morons. Fucking die.//   

       I think one of the problems here might be that, as you've pointed out, they don't exist except as constructs in your own mind. Frankly, if even your own mental constructs won't give you a job, you ought to think about moving.
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 06 2016


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