The Idea Sift™ is a news media and art site founded in June of 2020. Its mission: to promote new, future-proof ideas through “Sifts,” synthesized distillations of new perspectives.
ABOUT OUR ARTICLES
IDEASIFTS™ are extended feature articles that juggle threads of pop culture and research to arrive at new insight, “THE SIFT.”
NOT-WILD IDEAS™ are mid-length opinion or news analysis articles that highlight hidden, forward-thinking ideas on which almost if not all humans would agree.
THOUGHT ADRENALINE™ posts elicit a quick, benign shock to unexamined minds.
The inaugural post, “Learning to idea-surf,” serves as an organization manifesto on the lives, mutations and ideal handling of ideas in thinking and writing alike. It acknowledges a health-state of the world of ideas.
- The symptoms: Ideas of hate or selfishness largely bring net pain, and those more habit than necessity deserve enumeration and review.
- The diagnosis: Many of our ideas are stiff, relics from past times of need, and they express themselves as discomfort, aggressive and ill.
- The prescriptions: We need a clear, evidence-based synthesis of ideas and a culture of “thanking old ideas and letting them go.”
Active on The Idea Sift are cross-article metaphors and allusions normally deemed redundant in many newsrooms (like those of “idea surfing” and “idea wellness”). The redundancy here is deliberate, the value of the right metaphors immeasurable in maintaining control of one’s mind and its ideas. Rare is the idea-beast that in one metaphor a writer may tame not by degrees but in its entirety.
The Idea Sift ascribes to the same promotion of permanently affixed thought experiments and mnemonics that contemporary philosopher Daniel Dennet has often explored, his “intuition pumps“: compressed thought packages which seed your brain’s daily ventures.
Metaphors exist for the purpose. It would be foolish to adhere to likely outdated rules against mixing metaphors or repeating them in a time of societal upheaval such as ours. Managing optics for the sake of other writers’ admiration is not our goal; our goal, is the accelerated, future-proofing of minds.
We at TIS want our writing to be so good that, as with a song, you want to read a sentence twice, an article twice. Though we largely follow the Associated Press Stylebook, we believe writing rules should be as dynamic and flexible as language itself. Check the terse hard-news-styled satire, here, or our piece on the future of schools, serious in tone and syntax alike.
But when one of our writers drafts a sentence like this…
“In the upper echelons of some of the Western world’s most revered rock musicians exists an incestuous dynamic, stirring cyclical potions and spells and pouring the concoctions into molds of mutual admiration. Eventually, the cauldron springs leaks, loosing raw sediment from its below. In the worlds that pool thrive sounds somewhat new, ear candy to cure the blues.”
…we keep the sentence and jettison concision, instead. “Be concise” was and is a sound, effective rule, but it wasn’t meant for everything. The modern writer has sacrificed engagement at the altar of brevity. Such self-professed, witty souls need not apply at TIS.
We want vehicles for evidence-based insight, and we want them aerodynamic. So we may add a curve, or mispunctuate. We may invent a self-explaining term. We will contour our ideas, and test them in the synaptic wind tunnels of thoughts.
The Idea Sift™ is currently accepting submissions for the following article styles:
- BIAS BLAST™
- NOT-WILD IDEAS™
- MOVIE REVIEWS
- SHORT FICTION
Please consider the current, published pieces as exemplars when drafting your submission. At the bottom of each submission must be a “STIFF” old idea you believe has expired, and a new “SIFT” idea you believe deserves light.
Anonymous submissions are accepted, but as is typical and ethical practice, TIS editors will need to verify the identity of the author prior to publication.
Share your submissions via Google Docs to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions? Email us at email@example.com.
Thank you, and enjoy The Idea Sift™.