I experience a wordle or word-cloud something like the same way I experience the spoken word in a language in which I’m a beginner. Worship, poetry, radio, conversation … I may not pick up any overall argument or sentence syntax, but the words or morphemes I do know wash over me, and I receive them together. They don’t create much rational content, but they come together in an emotional whole.
I remember something in psych about continuity: the mind completes what isn’t complete in the perceived object. I expect that’s what’s going on.
So true, Wes. There’s something about being able to look at a graphic or photo and derive meaning from that, even if not every piece is there. Funny you should mention the bit about psych. Studied some of that recently and how it affects our online user experiences…
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