Earth, the 3rd rock from the Sun — Many of us know that the popular website Buzzfeed and its mutant offspring are at the heart of what makes the Internet, at best a cesspool of mediocrity and worse, a useful tool in our race to the cultural bottom. Yet people flock to it each day for their mindless, corporate sponsored crap pretending to be news. Buzzfeed.com doesn’t really have any original content, but really is just an advertising medium (see: “Native Advertising“) for corporations.
To that end, Gish Gallop is starting a series on Excellence in Learning on the Internets, where we will examine how the Internet is making dumber by the second, and slowly lurching our culture towards a hideous idiocracy.
Gish Gallop’s 6 Things to End Buzzfeed’s Bullshit
ONE: Don’t visit Buzzfeed links unless you are a total douche bag. If you are a douche bag, and proud of it, then by all means, visit Buzzfeed. Their “lists” of things are absolute click-bait bullshit.
TWO: Watch this video by John Oliver which explains how we’ve destroyed the news industry by treating it like Napster. In other words, we want everything free and now, like spoiled children. Tell you what? How about we just make everyone work for free? Level the playing field. What kind of service might you expect from a doctor who works for free?
THREE: Tell your friends who over-share Buzzfeed links to go bug-off. Then send them the link to #2 above in retaliation.
FOUR: Realize that everything on Buzzfeed’s site is some kind of advertising medium. It’s bad enough that American proudly wear corporate logos, but now you want them filling your head with propaganda?
FIVE: Get a real newspaper, pay for it, and read it. Get 4 of them and read them everyday. Yes, certainly the mainstream American Media has its issues. But it will only get worse if we don’t value it. And worse, I hate to say, it will simply go away. And Civics 101 folks: no press means no democracy.
SIX: Stop assuming that we live in a free culture. Or that you’re “free” because people tell you so. Ain’t nothing that’s for free. There’s no free news. There’s no free radio folks. There’s no free Apps for your phone. (sorry to sound like your Father, but it’s true.) All have hidden, and sometimes hideous costs to them. In the case of our modern “news” sources like Buzzfeed and their corruption, I’m sorry “blending,” of News and Advertising, if you patronize their sites and sites like them, then don’t be surprised about the outcomes.