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.

John Gibson mocks “weirdo” Heath Ledger’s death:

From Think Progress:

Opening his radio show with funeral music yesterday, Fox News host John Gibson callously mocked the death of actor Heath Ledger, calling him a “weirdo” with a “serious drug problem.”

Playing an audio clip of the iconic quote, “I wish I knew how to quit you” from Ledger’s gay romance movie Brokeback Mountain, Gibson disdainfully quipped, “Well, he found out how to quit you.” Laughing, Gibson then played another clip from Brokeback Mountain in which Ledger said, “We’re dead,” followed by his own, mocking “We’re dead” before playing the clip again.

Throughout the course of the show, Gibson continued to bring up Ledger’s death while discussing current events, jokingly claiming that current events may have caused him to commit suicide.

On yesterday’s drop in the stock market:

GIBSON: Maybe he had a serious position in the market.

TOM SULLIVAN: And possibly today, he looked at the window and said…

GIBSON: “Oh my God.”

SULLIVAN: His name’s not Keith Bledger, right?

GIBSON: He was depressed about yesterday’s downturn in the world stock markets.

On the Democratic debate in South Carolina:

GIBSON: Apparently Heath Ledger was suicidal and his friends saw it coming. I think he watched the Clinton-Obama debate last night. I think he was an Edwards guy, cause he saw his Edwards guy was just completely irrelevant.

A recording of the radio program can be found at the above website also.

Mr. Gibson’s apology can be found here. It should be noted that in the news broadcast he says “I’m sorry that some took my comments as anti-gay and insensitive.” When he repeated this apology on his radio show, he altered this to “some gay groups.”

I should think anyone would find his comments about a fellow human being insensitive and inappropriate, regardless of their stance on homosexuality.