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Original image U.S. National Archives and
On checking out the article recently it was disappointing to see that Agger falls down on maintaining his links. When I first looked at this article, Agger finished with a gag that our attention span could only be held for so long before we’d wander off so he links to a Rickroll video. Unfortunately Rickrolling has fallen out of favour so that video has disappeared. And another crucial link (to William Power’s discussion of longer form Hamlet’s Blackberry) delivers a university homepage (which once hosted the original article).
So the web writing skill that is missing here is content maintenance. Sure Agger is a busy writer and Slate publishes hundreds of articles a year, but this article loses its punchline when the last three links are broken. A dead link checker would fix it. I'll still use this excellent article for an upcoming ACT Writers Centre course, but now it is an example of content maintenance as much as for great links.