Slate's "Minutes to Read" Feature

  • Aired:  11/19/13
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Slate.com helpfully tells readers how long each story will take to read, because clicking on a link is a huge commitment. (3:33)

Tags:  Internet, media, aging, death

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY, THANKS SO MUCH.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)FOLKS, THE EVERYBODY WHO WATCHES

THIS SHOW KNOWS I AM ALWAYSLOOKING FOR TIME SAVERS.

THAT'S WHY I LOVE THOSE HELPFULSPOILER ALERTS.

ROSE BUD'S A SLED, HE WAS DEADTHE WHOLE TIME AND THE DUDES

FOUND THEIR CAR.

SEE, I JUST SAVED YOU ALL SIXHOURS.

CHALK IT UP TO MY GENERATION,BUT ME AND MY FELLOW MILLENNIALS

DON'T LIKE TO WAIT.

WE WANT OUR FOOD FAST, OUR GRAMSINSTA, OUR MOBS FLASH AND WE

WANT IT ALL NOW.

ACTUALLY, NOW -- THAT NOW IS TOOLATE.

SO THIS NOW -- NOPE, MISSED ITAGAIN.

READING ARTICLES ON THEINTERNETS TAKES FOREVER, THAT'S

WHY I WAS THRILLED TO SEE A NEWTIME-SAVING FEATURE ON NEWS,

OPINION, AND STONE ROOFINGSUPPLY SITE slate.com.

(LAUGHTER)ON ITS LINKS IT TELLS YOU HOW

LONG IT WILL TAKE TO READ ASTORY.

(AUDIENCE REACTS)AS SLATE EXPLAINS, PEOPLE

COMPLAINED QUITE REASONABLYABOUT NOT KNOWING WHAT THEY

WOULD FIND BEHIND EACH LINK, ATWO-SENTENCE BLOG POST, A

12-PAGE EXPO SIGS.

THIS WILL GIVE READERS ADVANCEDNOTE ABOUT WHAT THEY'LL GETTING

THEMSELVES INTO.

THANK YOU!

CLICKING ON A STORY IS A HUGECOMMITMENT!

FIRST YOU HAVE TO AIM THE CURSORTHEN IT TAKES ABOUT TWO SECONDS

TO LOAD, THEN I'VE GOT SCAN THETHING TOO SEE HOW LONG IT IS AND

IF I WANT TO BACK OUT I HAVE TORELEAD TO PAGE WHERE I CAME

FROM.

NOW AS MANY AS EIGHT SECONDSHAVE PASSED AND I'M THAT MUCH

CLOSER TO THE COLD EMBRACE OFDEATH.

(LAUGHTER)I WANT TO BE ABLE TO DECIDE

BEFORE I CLICK WHETHER A STORYIS WORTH MY TIME AM I INTERESTED

IN READING ABOUT A TO HELP MOREMOTHERS WHO CAN'T AFFORD

EXPENSIVE HOSPITAL INCUBATORS.

BUT AM I SEVEN MINUTES INTERESTSNDZ

(LAUGHTER)MAYBE I'D RATHER READ A

ONE-MINUTE ARTICLE ABOUT AMALAYSIAN BUSINESSMAN TRADING

HOOKERS FOR NAVY SECRETS SEVENTIMES.

(LAUGHTER)SLATE EVEN SAVED ME TIME WHILE

SAVING ME TIME BY WRITING "M"INSTEAD OF "MINUTE" WHICH SAVES

ME PRECIOUS INUTES."

(LAUGHTER)I BELIEVE SLATE IS ON TO

SOMETHING HERE, FOLKS.

THEY KNOW I NEED TO KNOW HOWLONG EVERYTHING IS IN MY LIFE

BEFORE I COMMIT.

LIKE FALLING IN LOVE.

TOO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS.

(LAUGHTER)WILL WE KISS ON THE FIRST DATE,

THE SECOND DATE?

HOW LONG IS THE COURT SHIP?

ONE MONTH, TWO?

HOW LONG WILL OUR FIRST WEDDINGDANCE BE?

A 2:57 LIKE ETTA JAMES "AT LAST"OR 4 MINUTES LIKE VAN MORRISON'S

"HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY THAT ILOVE YOU"?

I HAVE TO KNOW!

AND KIDS BRING A WHOLE NEW SETOF UNCERTAINTY.

JUNIOR BALLPARK IT WHEN YOU'REGONNA SAY YOUR FIRST WORD FOR

ME.

A YEAR?

TWO YEARS?

I'LL FIRE UP THE CAMERA FOR "DADA" BUT "CHOO-CHOO"?

I DON'T KNOW.

MOMMY CAN BRIEF ME ON THATLATER.

FAR MATTER, HOW LONG WILL THEREST OF MY LIFE TAKE?

40 YEARS?

I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR THAT, I'LLBE DEAD.

HOW LONG UNTIL THE FIRST SNOW?

HOW LONG UNTIL SPRING?

HOW LONG UNTIL I'M OUT OF RITZCRACKERS?

HOW LONG UNTIL I'M SICK OF THEM.

WILL I EVER WAKE UP HAPPY?

HOW LONG WILL I TAKE TO FINDMYSELF?

DO I HAVE TO MOVE TO NEPAL FOR AYEAR OR CAN I LOCK IT DOWN WITH

ONE SUPER MOVING POTTERYWORKSHOP?

IS LIFE WORTH LIVING IF IACTUALLY HAVE TO LIVE IT?

HOW LONG UNTIL THIS SEGMENT ISOVER?

JIMMY, PUT UP A COUNTDOWN CLOCK.

NOW I CAN RELAX BECAUSE IF IKNOW HOW LONG IT IS UNTIL THIS