Should we add “human attention span” to the extinction list?

So, after seeing it bandied about endlessly in on-line forums, I finally got frustrated enough with not knowing what it meant to google this mysterious tl;dr.

Oh, come on. You’re kidding me, right?

For those of you, like me, who didn’t know what this ridiculous bit of abbreviation was, it stands for “too long; didn’t read.”

I’d love to see how this would fly in a classroom setting:

“Ashley, where’s that Chaucer paper you’re meant to have written?”
“Yeah, about that…um, Canterbury Tales? tl;dr. Sorry.”

Beyond what it says about the attention span of the average internet user…isn’t it a little silly? Is it really necessary to leave a comment solely to say that what the original poster wrote (or, in some cases, merely the article they linked to) was too long and therefore went unread? If you’re not going to read what someone has to say for such a silly reason, is it really worth anyone’s time to tell them that?

Geez, internets.

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