As I sit in class throughout the day, I find myself gazing around at the laptop screens facing me. I see a lot of random websites open instead of students taking notes–Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, ESPN, and…Buzzfeed.
I’m starting to use the website more often myself, and while it used to be a fun website to find some great use of GIFs and humorous lists like “20 Ways You Can Tell You Grew Up in the 90’s” and “15 Signs You Did a Musical in High School”, you can now find informative posts like “Complete Video and Transcript of Obama’s Address to Nation on Syria Crisis.”
There are stories on everything, including recipes, tech articles, geeky lists, funny things, sad things, and thought-provoking content.
More and more people are turning to Buzzfeed as an actual news source, which may or may not have been the original goal of the site. The tagline of the website states: “BuzzFeed has the hottest, most social content on the web. We feature breaking buzz and the kinds of things you’d want to pass along to your friends.”
Does this necessarily translate to breaking news? Does it mean we should all turn to Buzzfeed before CNN? What will be faster, getting a CNN Breaking Alert sentto your iPhone or jumping onto Buzzfeed?
There are some great photo collections on the website, like “Photos of Children Fighting in Syria That You Must See,” that definitely have some different content than you would find on a standard news site (at least in this format).
I feel that while Buzzfeed is a fantastic tool to find “28 Dogs Who Are So Confused Right Now” and “16 Reasons Why Gin is the Best,” it might be dangerous for everyone to jump on that bandwagon before they read and rely on other credible news sources prior to Buzzfeed.