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There’s more good stuff to read online than people who didn’t go to work on Black Friday. The problem’s not new—my elders tell me there used to be a time when magazine subscriptions were not only cheap but very worthwhile!—but we’ve never been confronted with such a plethora of good reads. There’s all the links recommended on Facebook, Twitter, etc., and ones coming from newsletters like Longreads and Longform, which aggregate the best long-form journalism of the week. Maybe you found something on Reddit, Digg, or even the homepage of a newspaper. If you’re anything like me, at the end of the day you find yourself closing a handful of worthwhile stories you never got to read. Maybe . . . oh hell, maybe this will be one of them!

So here’s the TL;DR version of this article: Pressured by consumers’ near-infinite selection of news to read, newspapers and other media companies need to consider summaries as the best way to earn clicks.

Found that helpful? Then you’re on the crest of what may well be the wave of the future—the summarized Web. Let me explain.