I thought Pithy had a connotation of condescension and flippantness prior to my reading the definition of pithy which I did before starting this thread. I was thinking about how to describe the negative aspects of a typical sciforums post (including my own) when I realized that I was lacking the right word for the quality of speech that is on the internet in general not just sciforums. Then I realized that TV and radio are moving in the direction of the internet with more flaming and less pretension of scholarlyness than in the past. Texting just increases the trend towards evocative little snippets of communication. At it's best short internet posts and texts are pithy by the traditional definition of pithy. But usually posts are more flippant or smarmy than pithy. I am not faulting the way people including myself write posts. The internet is what it is. Texting is what texting is. Cable News is what cable news is. The past is over and this something new will be the past soon enough.