One of the greatest creations to come from the world of computers is the hyperlink, a method of clicking on a highlighted word or phrase or object to take you immediately to another location or file. It’s especially useful on sites such as Ricochet, because it allows you to reference other sites or articles or documents without having to include them in the main post. In that sense, the hyperlink is a bit like the footnote, except that it allows you to include an entire article rather than just crediting the article.
The problem, however, is that some people have fallen in love with hyperlinking, and some online blogs now contain more highlighted words than un-highlighted ones. By the time you’ve clicked on a link and gone to another source and then, perhaps, another, you can almost forget where you started or why. And, frankly, many of the links are to really pointless articles that shed little light on what you’re actually trying to read.
Hyperlinks can be abused in other ways such as plugging commercial sites, or getting around a particular site’s prohibition on ad hominem attacks. Material that some might find salacious can be hidden within a link.
Mostly, however, some writers appear to overuse hyperlinks as a way to show they’ve “done their homework” when researching their piece. No matter how far they may stretch the connection, they seem to think, when it comes to hyperlinks, more is better.