The Shortened

We shorten everything now as consumers of fast paced Internet content digestion.

Write shorter blog posts to get to the point.

Write 50 page manifestos instead of long winded 200 page books.

Read the weekly summary blurbs in the beginning of The Economist and ignore the detailed reporting.

Tell the world an observation or a joke in less than 140 characters and shorten the links in the that post.

Watch only two minutes of a ten minute video.

Subscribe to hundreds of RSS feeds just to scan the headlines.

To be an effective communicator in today’s Web, they say we have to think and write in bullet points.

No doubt brevity is the future of teaching and understanding. We’re ever more challenged to get to the point and just link out to the details.

As Seth Godin wrote in his blog post today, “Too Long” will be heard more frequently in everything we do.

Other than watching sports, our attention is short-lasting.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.