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The rise of snippets is a strong signal that our books desperately needs compression. I had not yet consumed a bookshelf of books for my whole life, but for the most of what I had read, I came to the conclusion that most books are 80% fillers, 20% actual content. When college students can shorten a 500-page book into 50 pages of notes, or Carr's articles to a few concise points, there is a problem. I'm not criticizing the authors, but in short it lies with the general problematic trend that writers feel a strong urge to display their talents in great lengths, often in excess. A lot of people who write long (e.g. me, right now), does it for displaying authority, attracting attention and fear of being misunderstood. Books had become long and even bloated, since the boom of the printing press. Before the printing press, our languages, both East and West, were concise and accurate. As our lifestyle had diverted from sitting around doing nothing but reading to sitting around but reading the web, watching TV and replying Facebook messages, it is, for the first time since the printing press, our languages once again demand compression, i.e. the shortening of our writings to concise content. While snippets of information can get us to the core of the knowledge immediately, a further search can take us to a book in its long form, if we choose to indulge in it. In short, the Web gives us the choice to get the knowledge we need, without the chains of a long-winded writer. One thing Carr is right, however, is that the Internet gives us A.D.D.