Creating Confusion: Changing Symbols
I don’t know if you have seen the new international symbol for radiation yet, but it was supposed to make it easier to understand that an object tagged with the symbol is dangerous.
The funniest thing I read about the new radiation symbol comes from Aurum3 NewTech which wrote:
My guess is that the new symbol warn anyone near radiation material is to first turn in a skull before you run away…or is it run away otherwise you will turn into a skull.
By changing this symbol, which was widely understood, it can only create a bit of confusion. Unlike the old symbol, the new symbol requires more time and thought to deduce what message it is trying to get across.
This is because they have added a more complicated structure to the symbol, oddly enough including the “old” symbol as a starting reference point, and adding in waves, a skull and crossbones and a person running.
How does this relate to blogging? Well, if you are blogging, you should remember that adding more words, images, symbols, and ideas into a post can confuse your primary message, and make it harder for those reading your site to understand what it was that you wanted to convey.
I know I have been guilty of this a few times, but hopefully not as badly as the new radiation symbol.