Why The Food Network’s Days Are Numbered
some killer videos here
Liz Mosquito de Guia has overcome the handicap that her name gave her and has gone on to create on of the most interesting video webcast sites around today.
I could write about Food Curated, but frankly, Liz does a much better job of explaining herself:
What you need to know about me is pretty simple. I love food. And I love telling a good story. Food. Curated. is my dream series. An outlet for me to share what I enjoy doing most in this world. This is my passion. I am, honestly, most happy with a camera in hand and a stranger in front of itâ€¦being trusted with tales of hard work and determination. Telling stories is a drug for me. A drug worth passing around!
From what I can tell from the website, this is pretty much a one-person operation, and it seems that she is largely driven by a passion to make videos about food.
This dovetails so nicely with the blog the other day about authorship in video.
She has it by the bucketulls.
Now, compare her website to that of the Food Networkwww.foodnetwork.com/, an organization with, (with no exaggeration), about a million times the resources that Liz has.
And about 500 times the number of people.
Now, is The FoodÂ Network’s site a million times better than Liz’s?
Is it even 500 times better?
In fact, I have to say that side by side, I think Liz’s site is better than that of the Food Network.
The Food Network’s site has more information, but it is lacking in heart. It is lacking in honesty. It is lacking in passion.
You can see that the people who are making it are working for a big corporation where everything is controlled and vetted and approved before it’s allowed to go public. It is cold.Â It is passionless.Â Informative, for sure, But uninteresting in a fundamental way. It doesn not engage me the way Liz’s site does.
Ironically, it is this personal passion for food that also makes Mark Bittman’s site on The New York Times, The Minimalist among their most popular online destinations,[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPZNvfWM3tM[/youtube]
Many years ago, Pat Younge, when he was head of The Travel Channel, said that eventually video coming to the web would render cable channels obsolete. We’re probably still a few years away from that, but if you look at these videos, you can see it coming.