Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin: Brilliant taste-maker or the world's first foodiot?
Food·i·ot (noun): An overzealous gastronome whose exhibitionistic affection for food is an annoyance to his or her peers.
Writing in the September 22, 2009 issue of the New York Observer, Joe Pompeo launched a scathing attack on the rise of foodiocy and the proliferation of foodiots in New York City.
He largely blames the Internet for encouraging this phenomenon:
"New Yorkers’ water-cooler chitchat has changed. They used to talk about
sex and politics and TV shows. Now they can’t stop yapping about what
they’re shoving down their pie holes.
We see it in the meticulous record-keeping of eating habits on personal blogs. The ubiquitous Facebook updates and tweets about subscribers’ most recent meals. (Surely you also have those five or so friends whose feeds are 90 percent food-consumption-related?) The requisite iPhone pic before a certain kind of diner—let’s call him a foodiot—ravages his plate."
Food writer Melissa Clark concurred on the degree to which social networking applications have led to a rapid increase in foodiots:
"I feel like these technologies have totally unleashed the foodiot . . . People have this outlet now that they’ve never had before. And something small, when talking to two people, takes on a whole other magnitude when you’re tweeting it to your 1,000 friends. You may not think you’re bragging, but because of the number of people you’re sending it to, it takes on a greater weight."