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Unless I'm misunderstanding what's going on here I've been
noticing this for several years.
In case what's being discussed is different from what I've
experienced, I can be reading an article online and there are
links entered right in the middle of it that may or may not be
related to the article's content but usually is.
Another annoyance for me, and this happens both while reading
something on the internet using my computer or my iPhone, is
twitter links. It seems like there'll be a quote from somebody's
twitter feed in the article and that's fine, but then it puts the
links to that feed and again repeats the quoted text from above. I
don't know why something has to be repeated like that, just the
quote should be good enough without having the actual twitter feed
On 6/22/2021 12:21 PM, Gene wrote:
I just gave opinion descriptions and links as an example
of what may appear in an opinion article on the site. I see
the same sort of thing in various news articles as well,
referring you to other news articles.
Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 11:26 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Is this new Internet
annoyance the start of a trend?
I’ve seen this in the middle of
reader view on other s sites too.
Its not always opinion but
stuff that is related.
I’ve gotten down a rabbit whole
because of this lol.
I read READER’S DIGEST for
years, but stopped when their articles were
essentially thumbnail sketches filled with links. I
wouldn’t mind if such links were posted at the end of
articles, but as you point out, that doesn’t seem to
be the way of modern journalism; after all, it’s all
about catching the eye and attention of the reader
immediately; after all, the reader may not read to the
end of the article.
The New York Times
recently has begun inserting sections in
articles containing text and links to related
articles, or articles in the same section that
are only related by category, such as that they
are all opinion articles. Here is an example:
This appears in the
middle of an opinion article about Biden’s
OPINION DEBATEWill the
Democrats face a midterm wipeout?
• EZRA KLEIN writes that
“midterms typically raze the governing party”
and explores just how tough a road the Democrats
• JAMELLE BOUIE wonders
whether voters will accept a party “that
promises quite a bit but won’t work to make any
of it a reality.”
• MAUREEN DOWD writes
that Biden has “a very narrow window to do great
things” and shouldn’t squander it appeasing
• THOMAS B. EDSALL
explores new research on whether the Democratic
Party could find more success focusing on race
or on class when trying to build support.
While I read other
content online and haven’t seen an increase in
this sort of thing, this could be the start of a
new trend. Have others seen an increase?
Ways of eliminating
intrusive content such as Edge’s Immersive
Reader, don’t detect and remove these long
sections. How do they look different to sighted
readers? Does the difference in appearance give
any indication of how these sections might be
detected and removed or skipped by
screen-readers or features like Immersive