Education

Iceberg Effect

Renowned Ms. Holly Hall of Stuyvesant High School once lectured that stories back then were better because readers had to fill in the blank what they did not know. Readers became part of the stories by filling in the holes with their own experiences and interpretation. By interacting with the works, readers would make the stories multidimensional, even when sometimes, the restrictive individual perspective (like a single photograph and misunderstood snapchat of one moment in time) was too small, and the plot stayed too still.

I’d like to argue that stories now are better when readers find themselves exploring a piece greatly enough to be able to delve deeper into their own experiences.

“…my new theory that you could omit anything if you knew that you omitted and the omitted part would strengthen the story and make people feel something more than they understood.” – Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast (on the iceberg effect)