I agree, this new design fad of giant fonts "read more" cuts but you click read more and get ads with a skip this ad link ( I use adblock/noscript) but the design is still horrible.
Then everyone wants to have facebook/google plus/ share thumbs likes counters next to post so the counter is supposed to mean "see read this other people did so you should to!!!!"
Makes me wonder did these designers ever get told growing up " if your friends jumped off a bridge would you also?" As a lesson in thinking for yourself dont just do something blindly because other people do it.
But thats the problem, they can't think for them self they all keep copying each other and filling up the web page with giant font titles, tease you with first paragraph of article but slam you with ads if you click read more, and fill up all screen space with shares/thumbs up/like counters and adsense boxes, so giant title but with all rest of the bullshit you need magnifying glass to read the actual article because all screen space is full web 2.0/social shit and ads
Not every damn website has to be linked together. I do not want to use facebook or google to login to every site, that is a hack and invasion of privacy just begging to happen.
I hate to say it but damn I miss web 1.0 days, GeoCities/Angel fire/etc
The blinky and animated gifs were pain in ass but you got plain easy to read text, I'd take tags and gifs any day over share/thumbs up/likes counters and buttons read more cuts/and ad boxes filling sites.
Everyone thinks they deserve to make money off ads now days and sites suck... Back in GeoCities/Angel fire days we made websites out of the joy of it, the fun of experimenting and having a presence, we didn't do it for the money at least money wasn't the main reason, content was our main reason
Now days content is meaningless, its just copy/pasted from elsewhere, money is now the main reason, thus spam and giant titles and connecting all this shit to facebook and google because they want to trick as many people as they can to make them think they have clicked on content when they clicked ad instead tricking people into becoming shills to increase their ad click ratios
I could bitch forever about this, but it just ugly, annoying, and "rage quit" inducing