If Edpool were an actual superhero, his archnemesis would have tl;dr on his spandex.
For those of you who don’t know what “tl;dr” means, it means “too long; didn’t read” and it usually prefaces a glib, small-words summary of a longer piece somebody has written about something they consider important. And I’m sorry – I’m so, so sorry – that you now know what “tl;dr” is.
“tl;dr” is pretty much the enemy of everything I stand for. It’s a symbol of all the wilful – nay, glorified – ignorance and stupidity-worship that plagues the world. It’s a rallying cry for the laziness, dumbing-down and pandering to the short of attention-span that we’re not only guilty of personally, but that we’re guilty of enabling by permitting this acronym to become a thing.
The instant someone writes more than about three lines of text in a public forum, that person now seems to be obliged to give a “tl;dr” version for the thick, bored, mentally-deficient ones who were distracted about two sentences in by something shiny in the bottle of paste they were eating. These are people at whom no self-respecting commentator or philosopher would ever bother to aim his or her thoughts or words in the first place.
When did we start caring enough about people who couldn’t follow a coherent thought from one end of a page to the other, that we decided they needed a fucking Cliff Notes version of everything? Can nobody else see that if we continue this way, the non-“tl;dr” version will soon be relegated to a link behind the “tl;dr” version for those sad “readers” who want to know more than the Fox-news-headline snippets in which form we will soon be absorbing all our information? And the non-“tl;dr” version will then vanish completely, leaving us with Orwell’s duckspeak?
If you need a “tl;dr” version, you’re not the person I wanted to read this. Go away and try to do something useful.
Oh, and it’s usually uncapitalised which is wrong for an acronym, it acronymises a contraction which is beyond dubious, and it has a semi-colon in it.