Day 28. 66 pages, 32,070 words.
Yesterday, I found this.
Yes, it is the TL;DR Wikipedia.
Now, I accept that I have ranted at great, possibly-even-ironically-extended length about the whole “tl;dr” thing before, and what it means for the intellectual world in general. Attention spans have never been shorter and the “tl;dr” culture can arguably be seen as a sign of our collapse into black holes of inattentiveness.
However, this is a little bit of genius, isn’t it?
Needs more pages, as of writing this post there’s only about 20.
The TL;DR Wikipedia encapsulates what is right about the “tl;dr” concept, while lampooning what is wrong with it and making fun of those who use it as a platform for either wilful ignorance or laziness-based apathy.
It elevates mockery and self-deprecation to an art-form, and in that sense I cannot find it in my black, shrivelled little heart to hate it. Because that is what good satire does, even if a case could probably be made for this being unintentional. Plus, like Wikipedia itself it seems to be a free-for-all.
Yes, there’s probably danger in a bite-sized series of dumb, inaccurate answers to encyclopaedic topics. It could be a symptom of growing acceptance or just of increasing tolerance in the form of humour. And yes, I still hate the idea of “tl;dr” where it applies to any situation in a non-humorous context. But damn if this isn’t a humorous context.