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Where’s the LaBeouf?
January 9, 2014 | 11:40 am

LaBeouf[caption id="" align="alignright" width="360"] The offending LaBeouf Twitter pic, courtesy of BuzzFeed.[/caption] Something very bizarre is going on with the Shia LaBeouf plagiarism story. Something else very bizarre. On top of all the other bizarre stuff that was already happening. Now it looks as though, not content with plagiarising, then plagiarising his apology for plagiarising, LaBeouf is now either plagiarising again, or plagiarising to take the piss out of the whole plagiarism scandal, and out of his poor plagiarizee (is that even a word?). According to BuzzFeed, as relayed by HuffPost and many other venues, LaBeouf tweeted a picture of the "story...

Most popular sponsored content in 2013 about books
December 24, 2013 | 3:57 pm

Native advertising was one of the buzzwords in 2013. As digital outlets such as news sites looked for ways to make money, many turned to sponsored content. A native advertising distribution firm, Sharethrough, ranked the most popular sponsored stories in 2013, according to Adweek. Most of the data was based on shares through social media platforms. The top sponsored content was actually about books. HarperCollins sponsored a post on BuzzFeed “17 Problems Only a Book Lover Will Understand.” It had more than 700,000 social actions. The story on BuzzFeed generated nearly 1.5 million pageviews. But how does this translate into leads? The post was amazingly...

The smarm debate continued: It’s not about the Internet … or is it?
December 20, 2013 | 10:28 am

The literary feud about snark versus smarm kicked off at the end of this year seems set to splutter on well into 2014. Maureen Dowd, in the New York Times Sunday Review, picked it up in a piece entitled "Bigger Than Bambi," referring to the now-notorious Bambi Rule: "If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all." And, she concluded, "such prettifying is consistent with a culture dominated by an Internet concerned mainly with marketing techniques." Although I applaud Dowd's decision to stand by snark against the saccharin surge of smarm, I have to differ on that point -...

BuzzFeed, smarm, and literary criticism: Why nasty matters
December 11, 2013 | 4:01 pm

One of the choicest literary feuds of 2013 that Rachel Arons lit on in The New Yorker's casualty report from the cultural battlefield was the multi-round faceoff between Tom Scocca and the proponents of smarm, as typified by BuzzFeed, with its appointment of Isaac Fitzgerald as its first books editor. Fitzgerald, former director of publicity at West Coast publisher McSweeney’s and (clearly) all-round nice guy, committed to not saying bad things about books. " “Why waste breath talking smack about something? ... You see it in so many old media-type places, the scathing takedown rip.” [caption id="attachment_102877" align="alignright" width="325"] BuzzFeed staffers...

BuzzFeed Launches a Books Section
July 24, 2013 | 11:20 am

Readers might be checking out a new site. Even though there's cat picture or two, BuzzFeed has created a new section dedicated to readers – BuzzFeed Books. BuzzFeed Books launched Monday, according to Poynter, but it’s not being run by any specific editor or writer of the popular site. “We’re running it kind of informally because we already had a ton of book content on BuzzFeed and now it’s just the space for that to live,” Summer Anne Burton, the site’s managing editorial director, told Poynter on Tuesday. She added: “Pretty much everyone who works here is a reader, so it was a natural...

BuzzFeed’s Signs of Book Addiction — Don’t Expect Kindle to Save You
July 24, 2013 | 10:58 am

BuzzFeed recently ran a good-to-hilarious-to-painfully-true expose on the "25 Signs You’re Addicted To Books," with staffer Summer Anne Burton contributing insights and visuals from the exquisite to the excruciating. And for avid e-book readers, the takeaway is that your Kindle habit is not going to make the addiction any less urgent—only less obvious. What reader, for instance, could fail to recognize themselves in this reference to the subtle influence of books on your mood:   Or letting books be the guide to everything—even those you don't really need books for: That said, there are some symptoms that the Kindle era is leaving rapidly behind:   Or rendering...

How to build you very own Little Free Library
April 10, 2013 | 3:12 pm

Little Free Library I vaguely remember seeing a few blog posts and photo-heavy features here and there in months past about tiny, DIY libraries. It always seemed to me like the sort of thing you might expect to see in one of those weird BuzzFeed roundups: 12 Oddball Book Lovers Who've Built Tiny Libraries On the Side of the Road, or something like that. But according to the last edition of O'Reilly Media's TOC Today newsletter (which you really, really should subscribe to if you don't already get it), tiny libraries are now a 'thing.' That is, a trend—or to be more specific, a quickly growing...

A Virtual Library for NYC Straphangers
March 12, 2013 | 1:20 pm

Those who take the subway in New York City know it can be tedious and crowded at times, and lively and energetic at others. During the long evening-time commute home, the subway can be dreadfully boring; it can also be downright entertaining. Reading, of course, is a common pastime on the train, with e-readers and physical books in the hands of many straphangers. A group of students from Miami Ad School has an idea to help pass the time and get readers involved with local libraries, according to a post on Buzzfeed. Underground Library is a proposed project for the NYC subway...

Is the Vampire Weekend classified ad proof that print is approaching its retro-cool tipping point?
February 16, 2013 | 1:56 pm

Vampire Weekend The Approval MatrixI about wet myself after opening up the February 18 issue of New York magazine, after which I immediately flipped to the often imitated (but never duplicated) Approval Matrix. There it was, right down in the furthest corner of the Brilliant/Lowbrow axis: Liberal-arts rockers Vampire Weekend show their allegiance to print by announcing their new album title in the N.Y. Times classifieds. Don't get me wrong: I realize we're all media-savvy enough to recognize this sort of thing as a clever marketing ploy, and nothing more. But therein lies the basis of my excitement ... and the overarching point of this post. Let me...