I’m starting to develop a pet peeve when it comes to reading articles online, specifically ones from major news outlets. That pet peeve is the sudden drop-off of an article. As of late, I’ll be chugging along in an article, read an interesting fact, and then… nothing. It’s like the author just stopped. No closure, no wrap up of any sort, nothing. You just get left hanging with questions or the author’s half-formed thoughts.
Why? If it’s a blog, I understand. Usually they aren’t as formal as a major news outlet, and their writing isn’t expected to be up to snuff, I get it. But when I’m reading an article by someone that’s supposed to be in the know, and it just ends, I’m baffled. How did this get approved to be published? Is this becoming the standard, to list half-facts with no conclusions and leave the reader wondering? Or is it lowered standards with the push to generate more content, even if it’s half-assed? I just don’t get it.
So for those of you that read this (there’s oh so many of you), what things in news articles bug you? Is it a recent development, or something that’s been around for a long time?