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Old 8th Dec 2018, 20:28
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Paragraphs

Whats with this new trend in journalism

Where every new sentence is it's own paragraph.

So now an article that used to take up a small part of a page, takes up 3 pages.

Gets very frustrating to read.

I was taught as a youngster that paragraphs should be 5-7 sentences long.

They group ideas together.

This sucks.
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Old 8th Dec 2018, 20:44
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Old 8th Dec 2018, 20:51
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I can only presume it's to do with making everything smart phone/stupid person friendly. The BBC does it yet the Times and Telegraph still manage to compose proper paragraphs; I read the Telegraph on smart phone occasionally and have no problem reading multiple sentence paragraphs.
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Originally Posted by nomorecatering View Post
This sucks.
The Economist's writers still do joined-up paragraphs. Makes for a somewhat dense page which may be why they break it up with generally witty illustrations. Not quite LaughOutLoud as that other essential journal Private Eye, which in the serious parts also avoids the modern plague.

If their political views also float your own boat of course.

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Old 8th Dec 2018, 21:22
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Ir's to make it look like factoids rather than Fake News Op-ED
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Old 8th Dec 2018, 21:24
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What I hate are bullet points at the start of an article which means that the paragraphed content becomes redundant. Nothing further to add ....
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Old 8th Dec 2018, 21:34
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Originally Posted by nomorecatering View Post
Whats with this new trend in journalism

Where every new sentence is it's own paragraph.
The problem with criticising other people's writing is that it draws attention to your own mistakes.
You have made three just there.
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Old 8th Dec 2018, 21:39
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The obverse being what you sometimes find online, an entire page of uninterrupted text with lines too long to keep track of and no paragraph spacing to help.
Still, closing the page does the trick for me.
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Old 8th Dec 2018, 22:50
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Paragraphs create more space on the page.
Easier to read.
Less to compose and print.
Reduction of visual typographic garbage.
Cheaper reporting.
Minimal constupration of worthy journalism.
Plus it creates a rest break for; the punctuation detectives.
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Old 8th Dec 2018, 23:09
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It came from
the 60 Minutes style
of speaking
in little bits
so stupid people
can still hear
the really important stuff
the reporters are saying. Tick, tick, tick, tick
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Old 8th Dec 2018, 23:20
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Originally Posted by Ascend Charlie View Post
It came from
the 60 Minutes style
of speaking
in little bits
so stupid people
can still hear
the really important stuff
the reporters are saying. Tick, tick, tick, tick
Sounds like someone with emphysema speaking.
Even the pauses are breathless.
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Old 8th Dec 2018, 23:58
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Well at least I learned a new word from this thread. I've never come across "constupration" before.
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Old 9th Dec 2018, 00:12
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Originally Posted by Tankertrashnav View Post
Well at least I learned a new word from this thread. I've never come across "constupration" before.
That's because it's the first time that it has been used in print (yes, electronic this time) since 1827.
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Old 9th Dec 2018, 01:36
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Old 9th Dec 2018, 01:42
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It's not just journalism: I frequently get emails from people in our London office in that style. Are they picking it up from the papers?
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Old 9th Dec 2018, 06:49
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I see this more and more in work correspondence and is frustrating, especially when emails are sent to customers like this. Unprofessional, hard to read and rubbish.

This is not generational from my observations, more likely laziness.

shoot them.
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Old 9th Dec 2018, 07:41
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I heard a BBC pundit spouting on about Theresa May and that word that must not be spoken, with regard to her immediate demise at the hands of her own ministers. But when I heard the pundit push three words across in the space of one sentence: "may", "possibly", and "potentially", this reinforced my firm belief that:

(a) Said pundit derives his information from well outside of the Westminster bubble, (b) His education concluded at a back street tertiary institution and (c) He likes hearing the sound of his own voice irrespective of what he is saying.

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Old 9th Dec 2018, 09:07
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Originally Posted by Tankertrashnav View Post
Well at least I learned a new word from this thread. I've never come across "constupration" before.
I'm pleased that I am not alone.
I had to Giggle it.
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Old 9th Dec 2018, 10:11
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  • When to start a new paragraph

    You can use TiPToP to help remind you when to use paragraphs
  • Ti - stands for Time, so start a new paragraph for a different time period.
  • P - stands for Place, so start a new paragraph for each new place.
  • To - stands for Topic, so start a new paragraph for each new topic, idea or subject.
  • P - stands for Person, so start a new paragraph for each new person or change of speaker in a dialogue.
This is the current way pupils are taught to ‘paragraph’
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Old 9th Dec 2018, 11:44
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Stops the author being prolix.
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