The sports columnist & the reclusive writer: Vanishing breeds?

Once the shining stars of newspapers, sports columnists are seeing a shift away from their traditional, revered position—but to what? And would a J.D. Salinger thrive in a Twitter world?

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Writing in the online world has mostly been defined by brevity. Digital editors have ingrained in their editorial approach a belief that everyone—everyone—has a short attention span or doesn’t care to look at the same Web page for very long. But there’s plenty of evidence that this belief is changing, and changing radically. Long-form content could be the new way of the Web.

Also, two articles explore the conflicting relationship between social media and the old ideal of the reclusive writer, The Economist rolls out a new caption contest, and more.

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