In this day-and-age, journalism has conformed with technology users’ aptitude for convenience. Yahoo!, Cosmopolitan, and BuzzFeed are all big on the list-making. In fact, BuzzFeed was created to test a content’s viral-ability so, naturally, they appeal to those individuals basically driving what’s popular on the internet. The news is obtained on Twitter and Tumblr nowadays. The tweets and posts don’t even have to include citations. In fact, Ok! Magazine doesn’t reference public relations representative specific– they just write “a source.” The older the internet becomes, the more compact the website layout, the larger the photos, the lesser the words. Users want the internet to be a picture book summarizing what they’re reading as opposed to real news articles offering actual, credible information. Too many times the news has had to backtrack or change their tone because they were too much in a rush for you all to read all about it.
Although minimalism is good in some aspects (like this 1990 Yahoo! homepage juxtaposed with current Yahoo! for example), it’s annoying in others like when posting these article-lists is considered credible practice of journalism and a three part rant about 90’s cartoons lands the writer a job with the New Yorker. We’re not envious, though.
We adore BuzzFeed and will gladly, quickly skim through the numbered, bolded text of their “15 Scenes That Made Us Go ‘Gah!'” We’ve even conformed! We just wish the places we depend on for information wasn’t so receptive of the BuzzFeed-esque publishing technique. Cosmopolitan, which was once a magazine women relied on for hygiene and beauty, has fit into the total-teeny-bopper part of things with their stories so trendy they may as well be drawn-out Facebook statuses. For example, not only does the writer utilize the à la mode, jejune term “all the feels” in this post, no actual news was given. Either we’re going through an information deficit (which is odd as we are in the age of sharing) or we’re all so eager to be the first one to know about anything, we’re willing to knock tables over in our fit to rush and blurt out the first thing we learn.
With that being said, here are seventeen terms (that stem from the slam-my-hands-on-my-keyboard-to-type trend) that professional writers are using these days. It doesn’t make any sense but it adds that comical flare Brian Williams definitely needed/could’ve used:
- on fleek
- throwing shade
- basic bitch
- side piece
- all the feels
- this is life/what is life
- bye, felicia
- no chill
zero fucks (and the several ways to say this)
- no tea/give me the tea
We’ve also noticed an increase in the purposely misleading term “slam” and the word “monicer.” Just an observ, though. Observ– use that!