Why does enumeration, a list of things in writing, work and what does it mean about the author?
- They are easier to read because they reduce the work of the reader to extract an outline and a structure of the content.
- They are easier to write because the author can make changes between items or order items without requiring heavy logical connections or a preparation between the lines.
- Navigation/consumption is easier (random-access). Some items could be skipped while reading and the flow would not be broken or a reader could directly jump into the interesting items.
- The language is generally simpler since there is no need to go fancy or deep. The essence is to write what it is about.
- Easy to surprise readers by adding extra items.
- Abuses attention/curiosity of the readers by indirectly proposing a definitive answer.
- Easy to get started for inexperienced authors so in general, a lower quality compared to prose.