"I am sorry, my child, but that is a sin we can no longer forgive. Society won't allow it. You are doomed to be a loser in your career and a social pariah."
Wire service AP has downsized story length. The plain-vanilla kind can only go on about 300 to 500 words. Moving up the importance food chain, the word count can exceed 700 but keep it tight. Here is the coverage from The Washington Post.
At some meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, sharing is timed. At three minute the buzzer goes off. And that's that.
Employers posting help wanted ads now explicitly say to keep the cover letter short. "Brief introduction to your background" is becoming more standard.
In work and in play, our society tends to flee those with too many words. Used to thinking and writing in headlines, we might have rewired our brain to only process short takes. After about a sentence and a half with a neighbor, my attention span shuts down.