White Space Has A Poetic Meaning
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: I was just passing by. I was wondering what you were up to.
Lt. Commander Data: [sitting in front of a screen] I am using the time to catch up on my study of poetry.
[La Forge walks round to take a look]
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Data, there’s nothing on the screen.
Lt. Commander Data: That is not entirely correct. While it is true the display is currently blank, this… emptiness has a poetic meaning. Therefore, it cannot be considered ‘nothing’ as such.
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Says who?
Lt. Commander Data: The ancient Doosodarians. Much of their poetry contains such lacunae or empty spaces. Often, these pauses measured several days in length, during which poet and audience were encouraged to fully acknowledge the emptiness of the experience.
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: I remember a few lectures from Starfleet Academy that seemed that way.
From ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993)’