TL;DR is an experimentally curated publication that translates the observed co-dependency between humans and their devices into a narrative of a damaged and deceitful relationship. It exists to remind a digitally dependant audience that the devices which we place trust in, the things that govern too many of our day to day choices, are betraying our moral senses.
For speed, convenience and ease we have traded in empathy and emotive reflection, receiving scatter-mindedness, disconnection and superficial understandings as the spare change of this transaction. At the core of this trade off, is an inability to grasp connections beyond our direct line of sight. It is this—an acceptance of moral responsibility—that TL;DR aims to revive.
Taking data provided by a small group of participants, TL;DR reveals what our devices are helping us ignore. Articles of humanitarian need, human love, joy and suffering begin to fade in our haste to find that which is worthy of our attention. This content has been subject to a metaphoric illustration process, where the distortion of the fading process becomes an emotive tool.
TL;DR does not aim to solve this issue in one fowl swoop, but rather rather presents itself as the first step of many in what requires cultural evolution. Prompting it’s users to pledge to a lifestyle change, the book becomes a physical means to interact, share and empathise with others in a physical, rather than digital, space. TL;DR is an re-introduction to a slow, tangible and human form of empathetic thinking.