In a world where everyone, expert or not, can create content online, it can be hard to differentiate the hard news from the buzz. Most people know that you can’t trust everything you see online, but how can one tell if what they just read was real or not?
A few years ago, Buzzfeed made its first appearance on the web. The website described itself as a social news and entertainment company. They now have thousands of likes on their social media account and millions of followers. As entertaining as they are, I wonder: is Buzzfeed only a very good provider of sponsored buzz? Or do they actually provide hard news?
If you go through their articles, wedged betweenan article about the newest Kardashian drama and another about a Kanye West Twitter clash, you can find articlea about a Syrian rebel and other important issues.
Does that make Buzzfeed a hard news provider? I personally don’t think so. Does that mean we shouldn’t read their articles? Not necessarily.
At the end of the day, it’s your job to decide what you want to read and to make up your mind about what you learn online. In my opinion, Buzzfeed is a master in the art of providing articles that will create buzz and stimulate interest, but are those articles relevant?
I think not.