“Listicles” Vs. Journalism

I’m really not a fan of “listicles.” Yes, they’re easy to read, very clickable and sometimes addicting, but they’re also mindless and completely absent of any real, substantive information.

I’ll always love newspapers, I’ll always have respect for the newspaper industry, and I’ll always despise the foolish route that much of journalism has now taken.

I don’t believe a list filled with pictures about what to do with $1000, courtesy of Time, is journalism. Journalism shouldn’t yield to the level of America’s uninformed people; it should rise to the occasion to change that dynamic, and make all those uninformed aware of what is going on in our world.

That being said, I think it is possible to do real journalistic work through pictures, in a list-type form. But I haven’t found any yet. Maybe I just don’t where to look, because BuzzFeed and Time have not showed me anything substantial.

On the birthplace for listicles—BuzzFeed—I found “This Suicide Prevention Site Is Really Funny And It’s Working”. Published on Feb. 24, this listicle, written by Morgan Shanahan, is about a suicide prevention site for men, called mantherapy.org.

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From BuzzFeed

 

It’s a good idea—because as the website suggests—men are often held to a higher standard for mental-health related issues. But they shouldn’t be.

It’s also good because it links off to official, government-run websites, like the CDC,

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From BuzzFeed

 

Following the listicle, which is silly in its tone— but I guess its better to be talked about and reach a larger audience through BuzzFeed, than to not be talked about at all—it lists suicide prevention hotline numbers as well as a link to survivors’ stories.

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