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Great piece in the New York Times technology columnist Farhad Manjoo that starts this way:

“I’ll make this short: The thing you’re doing now, reading prose on a screen, is going out of fashion.

“We’re taking stock of the internet right now, with writers who cover the digital world cataloging some of the most consequential currents shaping it. If you probe those currents and look ahead to the coming year online, one truth becomes clear. The defining narrative of our online moment concerns the decline of text, and the exploding reach and power of audio and video.”

“Welcome to the post-text future,” Manjoo writes … saying that while text will never go away completely, “the most influential communicators online,” who once worked on web pages and blogs,” now are “making podcasts, Netflix shows, propaganda memes, Instagram and YouTube channels, and apps like HQ Trivia.:”

Fascinating piece … and you can read it here.
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