Information Slapping

Subject: Information Slapping
From: Andrew Plato <intrepid_es -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2001 10:36:54 -0800 (PST)

> My question to everyone is this: are the principles of "information mapping"
> important in what we do (as writers) or has it been effectively marketed to
> make us think we need it?
>
> My own opinion is that "information mapping" is simply a copyrighted
> buzzword that is based on a writing methodology that writers have used all
> along.

You got it.

Information Mapping is a phenomenally simple concept that Robert Horn
"invented", probably in a LSD fueled craze on the road to Vegas with G. Gordon
Liddy and Spiro Agnew.

Now they charge people zillions of dollars to explain this brilliant theory to
people. Kind of like that moronic Susan Orman and her investment advice, like:
"buy low, sell high." Wow! Thanks Susan. I can't want until she writes a book
on how to care for children.

Basically, information mapping is a concept you should already know. It merely
says: figure out what you need to tell the audience, make an outline, organize
the information. Duh. And to think I was using the ICHING to tell me how to
write documents.

If you paid attention for more than 15 minutes in High School English, you
should already have this ingenious concept in your head.

Oh, you kids and your methodologies.

Andrew Plato

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