That Way We’re All Writing Now

Clive Thompson
The Message
Published in
6 min readMar 6, 2015

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You’ve likely seen this style of writing all over the place — on Tumblr, Twitter, Snapchat, Yik Yak, or anywhere that people communicate in writing. It goes like this:

When you see stuff like this all over the place.

Another common variation are sentences that begin with “that”, as in these tweets:

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Clive Thompson
The Message

I write 2X a week on tech, science, culture — and how those collide. Writer at NYT mag/Wired; author, “Coders”. @clive@saturation.social clive@clivethompson.net