Death to the Hyperlink

  1. Hyperlinks distract. Links kill concentration and thwart the absorbtion of material. Links make for restless scrolling and page hopping. Any link in text divides our concentration and works against the content itself.
  2. Hyperlink content is fluff content. I actually want to read a wall of text. Just text. Most link sentences are filler without anything to say. I would prefer a wall of words without callouts and highlighting and linking and tooltips. If a hyperlink is needed, a works cited section at the bottom suffices.
  3. Part of the fun of the early Internet was seeing something you hadn’t heard of, and then looking it up elsewhere to learn about it . The author didn’t need to link to the point of annoyance because it wasn’t part of the Search Engine Optimization game. Then we had link farms and scoring based on linkage and thus the era of excess hyperlinks began.
  4. Most modern people may have heard of the word Panopticon by now, coined by Jeremy Bentham, since the surveillance state has now arrived and we have welcomed it with open arms.

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Minn-imizing exposure to harmful rays from TVs, radios, apps, and web sites. Stuck somewhere mentally between redneck and hippie in Minnesota.