A new abbreviation is beginning to take hold. I first heard of it on Seth Godin’s blog. The abbreviation? tl; dr.
Too long; didn’t read.
I like the new abbreviation. It gives voice to something that has been going on for many years. The elephant in the room now has a name.
For years, writers of emails have tried to use the medium to provide a comprehensive thesis on a subject. They have drafted elaborate prose in an effort to sway or convince the recipient of their position. All the while, the recipients have, at best, simply skimmed over the email and set it aside. It was too long: they didn’t read it at all.
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