REPORT

Listicle: 2013’s best listicles

By Nimrod Kamer

Gazing up at the dark sky, spangled with its signs and stars, for the first time in my life, I laid my heart open to the benign indifference of the Listicle. What are these Listicles anyway and how have they made BuzzFeeders so rich? Who do they serve really? One might say that Listicles are the engine of a news genre called Scroll down journalism, as they always obtain that elusive You judge folklore. Stories are never broken via Listicles, though a good Listicle will summarise them tightly, in GIFs that try to behave like memes, commodities made of numbers on a narrow inexorable page.

Some claim Listicles define the short-form writing on the web. Others, however, believe Listicles can be very long, as long as the ties that bind us together, in fact. The first Listicles were ranked, then came the hematic ones. Now a large number of them are random. The word itself is a portmanteau derived from list and article, and ‘Listicle‘ is also big on Wikipedia. Its actually one of the pages I have edited and shortened the most number of times.

Here are the best Listicles of 2013:

1. 10 Good Reasons BuzzFeed Is Going to Pay My Invoice for Copyright Theft
(Google it)
Classic listicle, meta, to the point, Slate style.

2. 22 Least Important Writers of 2013
(Google it)
Hard to find a good impudent Listicle with more than 21 items these days. Bitter yet brusque.

This is it. Shortest List ever, as Stephen Colbert once defined a Listicle as a list of the top two testicles in his scrotum, Thought Catalog’s special list-catalog correspondent Rachel Hodin coined the term Sucking on Listicles, which is the title of her upcoming charticle e-book.