Tuesday, 4 September 2012

The Short End of The Stick

With growth of electronic media - not just e-readers, but iPods/pads, androids, PSPs, etc. there is a growing demand on our time, taken up by media.

The question being, how much can we expect to consume? Naturally we will digest whatever we find appealing, but if competition for time becomes a factor, then the length of time required to consume your media will be of critical importance.

I enjoy a story that is direct, that can show me something in as few words as possible. I would say Phillip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep is a good example of this. However is the future for media facing a more dramatic curtailing? Will flash fiction be flying off digital shelves, like pop singles....? Yes, I would expect so! 

In an age where there is so much competition for our attention, keeping it short and sweet may be the only way forward.

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