One of the latest and most odious acronyms used on the Internet is TLDR, which stands for too long, didn’t read. This four-letter dismissive is usually typed when a person disagrees with your message but doesn’t want to make any sort of intellectual investment in your argument’s content. I describe the acronym as odious because its popularity exemplifies today’s war on intellectualism. We live in an age when, for many, reading a single paragraph is deemed too rigorous. This is, perhaps, an implication of the Twitter age. Any statement longer than a sentence paradoxically appears meaningless.
Our obsession with word economy might help explain the political rise of megalomaniac Donald Trump, a man who offers entertaining, single-sentence insults but struggles to provide detail about any sort of policy he might enact. Countries aren’t run by a guy whose most complex and repeated sentence is, “I’m great.” What’s the point in typing TLDR? Trumpeting intellectual laziness is hardly something to take pride in.