Before there were staccato stream-of-consciousness blog entries and blips of thought on the news by way of 140 characters or less on Twitter, there was “three-dot journalism” in newspapers. That technique was famously used by — and the term reputedly coined by — the late, legendary San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen. He used ellipses to separate relatively tight entries about multiple topics, trains of thought or settings under one byline. When I joined ...

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