Idea: ‘Got, Got, Need’
A title for [something] about trading cards/stickers.
Using a programme, like the one previously mentioned, a database of essays and academic writings could be formed which are in fact a version of the former text, but are easier to understand and do not violate any copyright law, which has resulted in the loss of similar databases.
The programme used to ‘translate’ texts in a more readable language will also be available for download. If a text you wish to read is not already in the database, but you can get hold of the original, you also have the tool to ‘translate’ your chosen text, and then upload it to the database.
Perhaps a certain poetry would be lost in the changing (simplifying) of the texts, but so long as the theories are carried through well enough, does it matter? Theorists are theorists after all, writing is just the easiest medium for them for get their ideas across, perhaps it doesn’t matter if the original writing is bastardised?
*Currently something I am working on.
> Concerning the readability and understanding of an academic text.
An algorithm which picks apart a given text for key words, names, key phrases etc. and performs a simple Flickr image search with these phrases. It then uses the found images to illustrate the text.
Using the Flickr API.
I recently decided that essays which are heavily illustrated with relevant imagery, read a lot better and I find I understand the text more fully.
Similar to above, but checks the definition and/or synonyms for each and every word, and replaces a complex, uncommon word, with a simpler one or it’s counterpart definition.
Using the Dictionary API.
Kahneman, in Thinking, Fast and Slow, shows that simple language is in fact better remembered, and better understood. So unnecessarily complex words make it harder for the reader.
Ultimately it would be nice if both ideas could be put together, and an online text URL could be entered and analysed.