I disagree with you here.
John Ward

I agree.

I grew up in a print media world, so my default expectation is based on seeing text “above the fold” and making my choice to read or not at the end of the lede.

I buy books based on the description not the cover alone, I follow links from social media based on the poster’s comment on why they’ve linked not whether the site displays an image from the target; almost all my accessing of text media is based on deciding after a sample.

So I expect the option of a sample.

And samples are more efficient: downloading a lede to my computer is fast; downloading an entire article filled with images isn’t always so fast.

So, every time I encounter a site that gives me images but no lede text, I feel a slight twitch of annoyed expectation that this time there will be lag; meaning articles displayed without ledes have already annoyed me before I even start.

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