reply to post by mblahnikluver
You know what's really funny? I came to this specific forum to basically state my thoughts on this exact same issue but then I saw your thread. I
personally call it the "Twitter Society" because it frequently seems that people stop reading nearly everything after 140 characters. And odds are,
those who do this probably won't read past this point. In fact, they probably didn't make it past the "Twitter Society"... This is a huge
mistake and here's why.
I've taken a number of writing classes and the first paragraph is the one that is intended to stimulate interest in reading the rest of the story.
It's generally written to encourage interest often through the provocation of feelings and more. It sets the "scene" per se. It's the
"gotcha!" paragraph. However, the rest of the article is equally important because it is basically making the case for that "gotcha!" paragraph.
It's up to you, the reader, to decide whether or not the author is correct in their initial statements, if they are making mountains out of
molehills, or if their "gotcha!" statement(s) have any basis at all.
Many of the subject matters on these forums are really quite serious but it often seems that many continually do not take the subjects or their own
statements as seriously as they should. This doesn't just include "trolls". We're talking 90% of the posts on a thread are written based off of
a reactive response with very little offered up to support their claim. Some of the subjects could warrant the length of a book and I don't think
any of us wish to have book length posts. However, we are given a 7500 character limit on these forums to fully flesh out what we think and, more
on some very important subjects.
Worse yet, a good number of posters seem to have serious issues with reading comprehension. I've noticed that, time and time again, people will halt
their reading of a post or an article at the point where they have an emotional reaction to something being said. Often times, they associate or
attribute things that were not intended by the author and miss this fact solely because they stopped reading. One can make a claim and back it up or,
alternatively, one can take a claim and destroy it.
Other reading related common crimes:
1. Inability to detect bias, fallacies, or evaluate a source as having potential bias.
2. Not verifying sources to see whether what is being discussed or referenced is factual or being misrepresented.
3. Taking op-ed as being statements of facts as opposed to opinion. See #2.
4. Inability to detect satire. To be fair, there's a whole lot of crappy satire out there.
5. Taking things out of context.
The irony is the very people that really need to think about this probably really did stop reading after the "Twitter Society". That makes
meaningfully addressing the issue almost pointless but one can always hope, right?