Another dot in the blogosphere?

Concise, precise

Posted on: April 8, 2020

The tweet above is designed to provoke thought as well as response by retweet or comment. But I had to check it for sources because it did not provide URLs.

The sources were easy enough to verify because they were screenshots of newspaper headlines. The first was: Video game addiction is officially considered a mental disorder, WHO says. The second was: Video games can be a healthy social pastime during coronavirus pandemic.

Interestingly, there was an article in between: Video game addiction is a mental health disorder, WHO says, but some health experts don’t agree. Including it would have weakened the contrast, but it would have also told a more complete story.

So here is the moral of this story: Tweets are rarely about nuance; they are about sensationalising because of the economy of words. But that does not mean that we cannot be succinct. If we make the effort, we can be both concise and precise.

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