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  • An article and its TL;DR (artist’s rendition)

Last week I wrote about a rising new trend I saw among news media online, to make summaries of their articles more accessible to their readers. It comes from the Web’s TL;DR (or Too Long; Didn’t Read) ethos with which angry forum users complain about a post’s length and writers quickly summarize what they’re saying. On Wednesday, my colleague Steve Bogira spoke out against the urge to summarize, noting that the real value in the writing so often gets lost in summaries.

It’s an excellent point, and one I should have made in the original article—not least of all because I think that, done right, summaries will actually increase the value and visibility of great writing.