In the past year or so, I’ve noticed an increase in the number of food resources/websites offering shorter entries and news updates. Perhaps it is the influence of Twitter, making 140 characters the preferred length of communication.
People’s attention spans are shrinking, as is their patience in waiting for the latest and greatest information available. The food industry is not immune to this trend. Eater is one of the most popular sites out there, combining roundups, short blips of information, and popularizing the practice of referencing other publications or websites for the latest buzz.
Call me old-fashioned but I still find longer, more in-depth reviews the most interesting, ones that provide a glimpse into the back-story of the restaurant, chef or topic at-hand. I try to keep my reviews focused on this style of writing. Saying that, SF Station, one of the main channels for my reviews, is following the pack and moving towards more frequent posts, even if that means having to cut back a bit on length and depth. (more…)