You Should Reconsider Your BuzzFeed Addiction

Anymore you have to take everything with a grain of salt.
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The long titles that beg for attention, the GIFs of kittens and puppies rolling in leaves, I mean what’s not to love? Well if you’re asking, a lot.

I’m as guilty as the next millennial of pouring through “listicle” after listicle of DIY ways to make a dorm room kitchen less cluttered or how to get free samples of household products. But that is not the problem with BuzzFeed. Sharing quick tips and life hacks are two things that make the internet so useful for wasting time. The problem comes when BuzzFeed presents itself as a news outlet, and millions of people believe it. Even BuzzFeed’s “Breaking News” section is nothing more than an aggregation of already-posted information. All BuzzFeed does is essentially hit the “re-post” button from stories coming in from the AP newswires or media organizations. It’s not real reporting, and it’s not real journalism, but even worse, it’s horribly slanted.

Don’t get me wrong, BuzzFeed’s editors and content creators are brilliant – they know what everyone else on the internet and in business knows: certain things sell, get clicks, likes, and shares. At the top of this list of things that sell are sex, GLBT issues, and bandwagon-attacks on those who object to the proliferation of either. And before you get all holier-than-thou on me and shame me for attacking and infringing on BuzzFeed’s first amendment rights, remember I have them too. Let’s continue.



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