Good point here on the readability issue of academic writing. An academic writing need not necessarily has to be bone dry or be littered with high faluting words, nor presentations need to be crafted with bullet points with texts on dark blue backgrounds. There is a space of storytelling in academic literature as well. Here is a post by Asif Kukaswadia where he writes,
“We need to tell the story of science — the background, ie. why your research happened, and then the consequences, ie. why your research matters.”
A development in this space is the emergence of a project like “Story behind the science” website, see here:
Home - The Story Behind The Science
Bring science and scientists to life -- the Story Behind the Science.
Which is where, Medium opens up a great space here. If we take the ideas of referencing that the parent article (read it, it’s really great) talks about, the ideas in the “Story Behind the Science”, the natural storytelling digital environment that Medium fosters here (including fine grained sharing and spawing of ideas), we are on the verge of making a paradigm shift in not just how science is taught but communicated as well.