Pontifications about and from the press

Nov 07, 2014

So BuzzFeed Ben writes an explainer on Why BuzzFeed Doesn’t Do Clickbait, but therein lies the rub--isn't that the very definition of BuzzFeedification? (3,420 shares). "You won't believe the story that @Buzzfeed just posted about Buzzfeed not posting Buzzfeed-y stories on Buzzfeed," predicts Jeremy Kaplan at Digital Trends (also skewering Upworthy simultaneously, bonus!). At UnivisionErin Siegal McIntyre isn't buying it, either: "LOL. Buzzfeed doesn't do clickbait. Nice try, guys." But journalist Jay Rosen is pickin' up what Ben's puttin' down. "I find his argument reasonable," Rosen tweets. Here's something Ben said that we can all get behind: "You can trick someone to click, but you can't trick someone to share."

As for top stories that every outlet is delivering their take on, it's this: the U.S. Economy added 214,000 jobs in October and the unemployment rate has dropped to 5.8% (6,086 shares). "I blame Obama," jokes Candace Chellew with Religion Dispatches.

Next, may we introduce you to the network of dudes making thousands of dollars tweeting as "Common White Girls?" "These dudes get up to $500K a Tweet. Take that, Kim," BuzzFeed's Anne Helen Petersen takes a swipe at Queen Kardashian. "Lame, boring, unoriginal dudes affecting funny teen girlspeak for profit makes me so dang mad," grouses Katie Heaney, also with the Buzz.

And speaking of Twitter, its investors are grumbling as the CEO struggles to define their vision. "Like every Twitter CEO before him," VentureBeat's Chris O'Brien observes, before soberly concluding, "The beginning of the end, I suspect." Yikes?

And to end on a cute note: watch MSNBC's Rachel Maddow help liberal viewers cope with this week's GOP wins by scrounging for silver lining in the form of baby panda videos. Not a bad idea, really. Props to the producer who pitched that suggestion at the show's morning meeting.

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