I’ve been doing slightly more writing for paper publications than would normally be the case over the last few weeks. I’m out of practice, and not just with the idea of hitting a word count. I found it most irritating to have to explain things within the text rather than just hyperlinking to more information for those who needed to catch up.
In the case of an events preview article I wrote I resorted to URLs after the band names or event details, in other cases there was a preponderance of brackets and sub-clauses.
I’m sure that it wasn’t ever thus, I’m sure I found a level easy way to pitch level and work out what to expand upon. I’m also sure that went I read things I didn’t know about in a book or magazine I researched for further info – I’m not sure I do that anymore.