FAD or FLOP: Buzzfeed


Athens/ Living Editor

“Stocks Rise Worldwide After Day Of Decline,” “Avril Lavigne Just Called Out Taylor Swift On Twitter,” and “Man Fatally Run Over By A Tank On Jelly Belly Chairman’s Property” are just a few of the headlines one can find on the homepage of Buzzfeed’s mobile app. 

Though they may seem inconsistent in subject matter and significance, they demonstrate what makes Buzzfeed so very interesting. 

For those who don’t know, Buzzfeed is a news website that includes world news and gossip news while also incorporating videos and quizzes. Users can view the site on a computer or download the app on their phone. 

On the home page, there is a list of the most popular items for that day. 

Those range from articles on celebrity fights to what’s going on with ISIS. 

Users can scroll down to view the most popular information or navigate to different categories, depending on what they’re in the mood to read. 

The major sections are News, Buzz, Life, Quizzes and Videos. Each of these is then further broken down by more specific topics. 

For example, under the Life tab, one can find DIY, travel and style sections.  

As an avid Buzzfeed user, I declare it a fad. 

While it may not be the most serious news site out there, it’s entertaining, and it does inform, so what’s not to love? 

I want to keep up with what’s going on in the world just as much as the next person, but who wants to sit and read long articles that seem monotonous and, sometimes, just plain boring? 

Buzzfeed takes an approach to informing their readers that keeps them engaged, unlike many news sources out there, in my opinion. 

On this site, one can read about breaking news and then take a short quiz just for fun, all in one place. 

Some might call this “trash journalism.” I, however, call it “genius.”

To decide, go check out their website or download the app for your smartphone.