Few websites have contributed to the dumbing down of the Internet as much as Buzzfeed. More than any other website, they’ve taken the “listicle” format to its ridiculous extremes. What’s worse: it has totally worked for them. Buzzfeed is now one of the most visited destinations on the Internet. What does this mean for humanity? Obviously its swift and terrible demise. Here are eight articles from 2013 that prove Buzzfeed is awful, just awful.
1. 16 Things No One Knows About The Ocean
Buzzfeed has never been a website to let silly things like facts or science to get in the way of sloppily throwing together a bunch of images they found on Google and calling it original content. This time, though, they got called out on it by someone who is actually capable of critical thinking. Whoops! Better luck next time.
2. 29 Cats That Forgot How To Cat
If there’s one thing Buzzfeed can be counted on it’s finding a way to somehow recycle every last cat picture on the Internet into lists so utterly devoid of originality or cleverness that you can feel your soul leave your body as you read them. There are countless cat-centric lists on Buzzfeed, but this one wins the award for Most Jaw-Droppingly Idiotic Title.
3. 26 Hilarious Things That 2000s Teens Loved
What’s the one thing you can count on Buzzfeed to exploit as much as funny cat pictures? Nostalgia. Whether it’s the ’80s, ’90s, or even the distant past of the ’00s, Buzzfeed’s “writers” are adept at finding pictures of things from that time period on the Internet and adding insightful analysis such as “HOT” or “HOTTEST!”
4. 32 of The Greatest Things That Have Ever Happened On Tumblr
This article combines two things that Buzzfeed does exceedingly well: steal content from other websites and engage in ridiculous hyperbole. If these are the greatest things to happen on Tumblr, then please just shut Tumblr down.
5. 8 Foods We Eat In The U.S. That Are Banned In Other Countries
Here comes that science again! This time Buzzfeed got called out by NPR for misattributing misleading information to one of their articles. Did Buzzfeed remove the misleading information? Nope. They just removed the link to NPR. Ladies and gentlemen: the future of journalism!
6. 13 Potatoes That Look Like Channing Tatum
Oh go to hell, Buzzfeed.
7. 20 Reasons Why Going To The Gym Is A Huge Waste Of Time
That’s right: Buzzfeed also tried to talk people out of exercising by presenting a serious of HILARIOUS animated GIFs of people getting injured or looking goofy while exercising. Do you see now? Do you see how they’re trying to ruin us all?
8. The Story of Egypt’s Revolution In “Jurassic Park” Gifs
If Zombie Walter Cronkite rises from his grave to destroy us all, we’ll have Buzzfeed to thank. The political turmoil in Egypt has been one of the most significant news stories of recent years. The government has changed hands again and again, each time preceded by protests and each time accompanied by violence, brutality, and death. So how does Buzzfeed address this sensitive issue? With animated GIFs of scenes from Jurassic Park. And that’s the level of discourse they are reducing the Internet to, one list at a time.