tl;dr (too long; didn’t read)

Great article this morning in the Chronicle of Higher Education.  I would have to say that I’ve seen this happening as well with my program participants, families (we all know what’s happening with those newsletters), colleagues, and admittedly, myself.  Are we becoming a society of tl;dr?  I’ve had some great conversations recently about online learning and am wondering whether Extension is doing enough to address the tl;dr concept of reading? Maybe we just aren’t capitalizing upon the change?  After all isn’t it easier to expound upon a topic than to boil it down to 140 characters or less?  …Or in the case of the Activity Insight 2500 characters or less.  🙂

…Regarding the original article….yeah, I admit it, I was determined to read the whole thing word for word because of the title…else I probably would have succumbed to the tl;dr concept too!   And yet, I “read” the Chronicle of Higher Education every morning.  🙂

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2 Responses to tl;dr (too long; didn’t read)

  1. Dr Jeff Hart says:

    Fast food – social media – texting (shorthand) – TED talks (elevator speeches) – etc. etc. etc.
    Just as many want “fast food”, many want fast news (weather on the 8’s or 10’s), fast read articles.
    And. if we can, many have adapted to multi-tasking – doing it all at the same time, while we are driving to work in the morning (scary).
    That’s why I enjoy making my trips to visit the Tribal College on the Rez – much more laid back – you know, “Indian Time” (smile).
    Me, I haven’t even read the article. But I did sit down with two people (a Santee Extension director and Tribal Elder – and a Umonhon (Omaha) Spiritual Elder) last week. I asked several questions, and they answered by telling me stories about what it’s like today in the fast-paced world (tl:dr), and what it was like “back in the day.” Between the two individuals, I listened to more than 6 hours of stories, about lots of things. I listened, and I learned much.
    Dr Jeff

  2. jhart4 says:

    “Fast food – social media – texting (shorthand) – TED”
    “talks (elevator speeches) – etc. etc. etc.”
    “Just as many people want “fast food”, many want fast news (weather on the 8’s or 10’s), fast read articles.”
    “And, if we can, many have adapted to multi-tasking – doing it all at the same time, while we are driving to work in the morning (scary).”
    “That’s why I enjoy making my trips to visit the Tribal College on the Rez – much more laid back – you know, “Indian Time” (smile).”
    “Me, I haven’t even read the article. But I did sit down with two people (a Santee Extension director and Tribal Elder – and a Umonhon (Omaha) Spiritual Elder) last week. I asked several questions, and they answered by telling me stories about what it’s like today in the fast- paced world (tl:dr), and what it was like “back in the day.” Between the two individuals, I listened to more than 6 hours of stories, about lots of things. I listened, and I learned much.”
    “Dr Jeff”

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