Why BuzzFeed is winning

The New Republic’s Marc Tracy explains why BuzzFeed’s version of the Reza Aslan / Fox News interview captured so much attention:

As I reported in a New Republic story about the site [BuzzFeed] a year ago, its presence on social media, its clean layout, and its editorial philosophy of shearing most context from tidbits of news and giving readers just the thing itself—all make the site immaculately positioned to capitalize on the new news economy, in which readers increasingly find things like this video not by subscribing to or regularly visiting specific blogs or websites, but by happening upon independent articles shared via social media like Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter. Indeed, more than half of BuzzFeed’s pageviews have come from people clicking on links to the post that their friends shared on Facebook. (And don’t sleep on [BuzzFeed writer Andrew] Kaczynski’s headline—headlines being something that I would bet BuzzFeed spends a substantial amount of time thinking about. Kaczynski’s headline was, “Is This The Most Embarrassing Interview Fox News Has Ever Done?” Don’t you want to click and find out?) [Emphasis added.]

Notable things: Twitter and Nielsen launch a social TV rating thing; Lenny Kravitz’ scarf is bigger than yours; a beautiful collection of baseball GIFS

“Nielsen and Twitter Establish Social TV Rating”

But will it keep the silly networks from canceling all my sci-fi / mythology shows?


I clicked through the Reddit link with the headline “Lenny Kravitz has a big ass scarf.”

This may be the first time “big ass” is an understatement:

That things got to weigh, what, 15 pounds? 20? Does it have pockets? How does he decide it’s a “big-ass scarf day”?

Lenny Kravitz, stop confounding me with your giant scarf.


This is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.

The only thing more stunning is this.