Maddox of The Best Page in the Universe brings another refreshing rant about why Buzzfeed is "the jizz crusted asshole of the Internet."
BuzzFeed proudly displays the "Made in NY" mark on their website, as if they're some kind of purveyor of fine hand-crafted, artisinal beer. BuzzFeed's servers are in California, they have contributors from every state in the US, offices in London and their content is stolen from people all around the world. Even BuzzFeed's founder, Jonah Peretti, grew up in Oakland, California, graduated in Santa Cruz, and did his postgrad at MIT.
What exactly are they "making" in New York? Shitty list articles and worn-out meme jokes aren't a "thing"--or at least, anything to be proud of. We're not talking about a small family-owned cobbler shop here, we're talking about a notorious content aggregator. The average listicle on the site has less than a paragraph of text. For example, one of the 10 most popular posts on the entire site, with over 9 million views, has only the following text:
"THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THESE THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS And The Black Eyed Peas"
"The 21 Absolute Worst Things In The World," BuzzFeed, April 2012
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