Planet13 - 9:29 pm on Jul 18, 2011 (gmt 0)
My opinion of the web is simply nobody reads anything. They may skim, but read, no.
Well, you might be right...
I have a couple of pages with only text on them and they have an average time on site of over 4 minutes.
I don't think the New York times has a lot of videos for their articles (although CNN does have lots of videos and then just text transcriptions, but that is because CNN is primarily a television show that has lots and lots of clips).
anyway, I would just kindly suggest that as long as the text is not repetitive of the OTHER TEXT already on the page, I don't think it could hurt, could it?