I’ve penned a guest essay for media blog Jossip about the relative merits of sites like Brijit and whether people are becoming smarter, or dumber, because of the Internet’s bias toward short-form content. (I think it’s probably the former - at least, I hope so.)
Yes, some people are likely to use the site as a cocktail party cheat-sheet. So it goes. We can argue whether it’s better for people to read deeply or broadly, but the real point is: with the web, you can have both. It’s just that media outlets aren’t really set up to give it to you. The idea behind Brijit is to fill that gap.
Sure, you can cheat, but, as they always told you in elementary school, cheating really just ends up hurting the cheater. At that cocktail party, you might know that some dude set a record by driving from New York to Santa Monica in 31 hours and 4 minutes, but you’ll probably run into some guy who read the whole article and knows the driver was originally inspired by French director Claude Lelouc’s C’etait un Rendez-vous not Cannonball Run. And that guy will probably end up making out with your girlfriend in the host’s bathroom, because your girlfriend will think he’s smarter and better-informed than you are. And then you’ll wish you had actually taken the time to click through, like our editors suggested.