Listicles Are Ruining Writing

Listicles Are Ruining Writing

A rant about clickbait and BuzzFeed or BuzzFeed clone website writing.
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The Internet has become overloaded with an influx of GIF-centered "writing" many call "listicles." I contend that the majority of people who take writing seriously would agree with me that this style of "writing" is one of the reasons why readers have become so uninterested in creative writing. The people spending numerous hours per week on BuzzFeed and BuzzFeed clone sites who want "cute" photos of non-human animals or GIFs from a famous movie to "tell the story" of an important event or moment such as final weeks or the holidays have very low expectations for what counts as writing. Unfortunately, many websites are falling into the trap of attempting to be BuzzFeed clones in order to get high amounts of traffic. Indeed, claiming that page-view journalism and clickbait sites are the end of writing as we know it is a bit of an exaggeration, however, I believe that this is useful in calling attention to a huge problem that must be discussed. I will admit that writing about this issue on this type of platform is highly ironic since links for listicles and such will be all around this article's link. I apologize for the irony. Of course, writing about this runs the risk of sounding self-righteously pious, but the aim of this article is to appeal to the ego and the super-ego rather than the id as defined by Sigmund Freud.

This is writing?

As I have said, no one who is mature enough to enjoy the art of writing seriously would argue that listicles and page-view journalism are valuable. The argument of "many people enjoy viewing these pieces" is not persuasive enough to convince non-hack writers that the "writing" should be regarded as anything other than offensive, aggravating, and a waste of time. Indeed, BuzzFeeddoes produce decent pieces of writing from time-to-time, however, the website produces listicles and that is simply unacceptable. Admittedly, BuzzFeed is not as infuriating as the other clickbait websites that are slideshows of pictures that will "change your life," however, these other websites do not apologize for BuzzFeed and BuzzFeed clone websites. Not only is it insulting to create a piece of "writing" with 20 images or GIFs with captions, it is flat-out theft. Simply giving attribution to GIFs in a list is not enough. The creation of GIFs is arduous. Period. If someone stole my hard-work to put my GIFs in a list for publishing online I would not be flattered, I would be furious.

What do we do?

If what I have said so far has intrigued you, then I am sure that you are curious about what to do after reading this. I urge you to avoid all page-view journalism or clickbait "articles". I urge you to avoid BuzzFeed and BuzzFeed clone websites until editors and readers appreciate serious, mature writing. Creative writing (poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, etc.) should be read, encouraged, and published instead of what is being passed-off as "writing". I urge you to try your hand at crafting a creative piece of writing because it is much more rewarding, full of emotions, thought-provoking, and able to create an emotional response in the reader. Lastly, I will admit that my claims are not backed by any evidence or credible sources, however, I believe that my experiences do count and should not be invalidated Therefore I urge you to think about what I have written and how it affects you and talk about it.

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37 Drake Lyrics From 'Scorpion' That Will Make Your Next Instagram Caption Go Double Platinum

Side A makes you want to be single, Side B make you want to be boo'd up.

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We all knew Scorpion was going to be the summer banger we wanted. However, Drake surprised us with two sides of an album and two sides of himself. Mixing rap and R&B; was genius on his part, so why not dedicate 37 of his lyrics to our Instagram captions?

1. "Don't tell me how knew it would be like this all along" — Emotionless

Definitely a "I'm too good" for you vibe.

2. "My mentions are jokes, but they never give me the facts" — Talk Up

This one's for my haters.

3. "I wanna thank God for workin' way harder than Satan" — Elevate

For when you're feeling blessed.

4. "I promise if I'm not dead then I'm dedicated" — March 14

In Drake's story about his son the world knows about now, we get a lyric of true love and dedication

5. "My Mount Rushmore is me with four different expressions" — Survival

6. "Pinky ring 'til I get a wedding ring" — Nonstop

7. "I gotta breathe in real deep when I catch an attitude" — 8 Out of 10

This first line of the song is about to be spread on the gram like a wildfire

8. "Heard all of the talkin', now it's quiet, now it's shush" — Mob Ties

9. "California girls sweeter than pieces of candy" — Sandra's Rose

This is gonna have every girl who has ever stayed in Cali all hot and heavy, watch it.

10. "I think you're changing your mind, starting to see it in your eyes" — Summer Games

Y'all know how these summer games go

11. "Look the new me is really still the real me" — In My Feelings

When you've got to profess that you've changed 200%

12. "Only beggin' that I do is me beggin' your pardon" — Is There More

13. "Shifted your focus, lens lookin' jaded" — Jaded

14. "Back and forth to Italy, my comment section killin' me" — Can't Take a Joke

Necessary for when you've got people hyping you up already

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Y'all can't have this one, I'm stealing it

16. "Work all winter, shine all summer" — That's How You Feel

Put in the work so you can flex on 'em, summer 18

17. "Blue faces, I got blue diamonds, blue tint, yeah" — Blue Tint


18. "I stay busy workin' on me" — Elevate

19. "Ten of us, we movin' as one" — Talk Up

The perfect reason to get the largest group picture you've had on your gram

20. "October baby for irony sake, of course" — March 14

This statistically applies to 1/12 of y'all reading this, so take that as you will (we October babies are the best)

21. "She had an attitude in the summer but now she nice again" — Blue Tint

22. "I know you special girl 'cause I know too many" — In My Feelings


23. "Gotta hit the club like you hit them, hit them, hit them angles" — Nice for What

24. "She said 'Do you love me?' I tell her, 'Only partly,' I only love my ____ and my ____ I'm sorry" — God's Plan

If you haven't used this one yet, get to it

25. "But I'm blessed I just checked, hate me never met me in the flesh" — I'm Upset

26. "It's only good in my city because I said so" — 8 Out of 10

Follow this up with a location and shoutout your hometown

27. "My haters either on they way to work or they arrived" — Can't Take a Joke

28. "I always need a glass of wine by sundown" — Final Fantasy

Has Drake ever been more relatable?

29. "It's your f***in' birthday. Happy birthday" — Ratchet Happy Birthday

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30. "I move through London with the Eurostep" — Nonstop


31. "I stopped askin' myself and I started feelin' myself" — Survival

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32. "They keep tryna' get me for my soul" — I'm Upset

33. "I'm tryna see who's there on the other end of the shade" — Emotionless

34. "Only obligation is to tell it straight" — Elevate

35. "It don't matter to me what you say" — Don't Matter to Me


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37. "Say you'll never ever leave from beside me" — In My Feelings

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Eggshells

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Soft footsteps

One wrong stride.


A misleading grin.

Body language;

Tired yet tense.

Understandably so.


Harmony

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Out of touch,

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Headspace clouded

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