Let me first be clear that BuzzFeed has done some very insightful, interesting interviews. And just look at their news section -- they do news. But then there's the other thing. The "19 Reasons Raisins Should Be Put in Jail" and "Is This a Disney Movie?" I understand, of course. Post what people will click on. We all do it. It's what I'm doing right now. But lately it looks like we've run out of things to remember. Things to talk about. I'm pretty sure I recently typed "19 Reasons Raisins Should Be Put in Jail," and I didn't make it up, nor this piece literally commanding me to stop what I'm doing so I will read it. I worry that very soon, BuzzFeed (but again, not only BuzzFeed) will look like this ...
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How did these hyper-specific tropes spread so quickly?
The Hollywood rumor mill has been playing games with celebrity deaths for at least a century.