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How Buzzfeed Made 18 posts out of One Miley Cyrus Performance

by bisonmessink

Miley Cyrus VMA'

According to Buzzfeed, Miley Cyrus need only look at this photo, but the rest of us need to see 18 separate posts.

A lot of attention was paid today to CNN’s page A1 coverage of Miley Cyrus, but check out Buzzfeed. The Internet giant used 14 writers to produce no fewer than 18 posts about Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance.

Buzzfeed basically is to the Internet what CNN is to television: both networks find the most buzzed-about story of the day, and reproduce it in style and substance to appeal to the widest number of Americans.

Here are the 7 different ways CNN’s 18 posts attacked this particular story:

1. Shoehorn Another Piece of Pop Culture Into Story Of The Day (9 posts)
Did Miley Cyrus Get Her Hairdo From Orange Is The New Black?
Twitter Mourns The Death Of Hannah Montana After Last Night’s VMAs
Miley Cyrus Looks Exactly Like Angelica’s Doll Cynthia From “Rugrats”
Hank And Marie Of “Breaking Bad” React To Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance
Miley Cyrus Twerks On Famous Paintings
Mika Brzezinski: “Pathetic” And “Disgusting” Miley Cyrus Has An Eating Disorder
Will Smith’s Family Reacting To Miley Cyrus Is Perfect [Updated]
The 6 Sweetest Moments From Miley Cyrus’ “Hannah Montana” Audition Tape
22 Things Miley Cyrus Looked Like At The 2013 VMAs

2. GIFs! (6)
Taylor Swift Couldn’t Handle Miley Cyrus And Robin Thicke’s VMAs Performance
Hank And Marie Of “Breaking Bad” React To Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance
This One Photo Of Rihanna Sums Up How Everyone Felt About Miley Cyrus Twerking At The VMAs
The 15 Weirdest And Craziest Moments From Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance
Will Smith’s Family Reacting To Miley Cyrus Is Perfect [Updated]
The 6 Sweetest Moments From Miley Cyrus’ “Hannah Montana” Audition Tape

3. Republish Someone Else’s Reaction/Opinion (6)
Taylor Swift Couldn’t Handle Miley Cyrus And Robin Thicke’s VMAs Performance
Twitter Mourns The Death Of Hannah Montana After Last Night’s VMAs
Is It Sexist To Trash Miley Cyrus’ Bizarre VMAs Performance?
This One Photo Of Rihanna Sums Up How Everyone Felt About Miley Cyrus Twerking At The VMAs
Mika Brzezinski: “Pathetic” And “Disgusting” Miley Cyrus Has An Eating Disorder
Will Smith’s Family Reacting To Miley Cyrus Is Perfect [Updated]

4. The Listicle (6)
7 Frequently Asked Questions About Twerking You’re Dying To Know The Answers To
This One Photo Of Rihanna Sums Up How Everyone Felt About Miley Cyrus Twerking At The VMAs
The 15 Weirdest And Craziest Moments From Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance
The One Image Miley Cyrus Needs To See
The 6 Sweetest Moments From Miley Cyrus’ “Hannah Montana” Audition Tape
22 Things Miley Cyrus Looked Like At The 2013 VMAs

5. Ask A Question (3)
Miley Cyrus On The Red Carpet At The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards (Fab or Drab)
Did Miley Cyrus Get Her Hairdo From Orange Is The New Black?
Is It Sexist To Trash Miley Cyrus’ Bizarre VMAs Performance?

6. Look-a-Likes (3)
Did Miley Cyrus Get Her Hairdo From Orange Is The New Black?
Miley Cyrus Looks Exactly Like Angelica’s Doll Cynthia From “Rugrats”
22 Things Miley Cyrus Looked Like At The 2013 VMAs

7. “Analysis” (2)
MTV Made The VMAs Matter Again
This Is Why Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance Was A Failure

An Extraordinarily Brief History of Music Journalism

by evanmcmurry

Rolling Stone, upon the release of Bob Dylan’s Self Portrait forty-three years ago, in what is arguably the most famous album review of all time: “What is this shit?”

Rolling Stone, upon the release of the bootlegs from Bob Dylan’s Self Portrait sessions, today: “This two-CD set of previously unissued demos, alternate takes, scrapped arrangements and discarded songs from more than 40 years ago is one of the most important, coherent and fulfilling Bob Dylan albums ever released.” (It goes on like that.)

Fake Jay Z Show Draws Hundreds of Clueless Idiots to Bushwick

by bisonmessink

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These are exactly the people you’d expect to show up to a fake secret Jay Z show in Bushwick. (Photo via Instagram user who calls herself mswellconnected)

Someone perpetrated a brilliant hoax against dim-witted hipsters on Saturday, starting a rumor that Jay Z was playing a “secret show” from a rooftop in Bushwick, a suburb of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood.

Instead of blaming themselves, or the grinch who duped them, one of the attendees of the fake concert expressed her displeasure toward Jay Z (and @Beyonce) himself, for not debunking the rumor.

https://twitter.com/jess_richardson/statuses/371366646809911296

You’d think if these folks were such big Jay Z fans, they’d have remembered his lines from “Open Letter”:

Would’ve brought the Nets to Brooklyn for free
Except I made millions off it, you fuckin’ dweeb
I still own the building, I’m still keeping my seat
Y’all buy that bullshit, you’d better keep y’all receipt

h/t Gothamist

You Probably Should Not Drink This Hitler-Themed Cabernet Franc

by bisonmessink

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An Italian wine maker is in the news again (this time the New York Times!) for selling Nazi-themed wine that the vintner insists is just a “historical line.”

Andrea Lunardelli’s wines feature photos of Hitler, Himmler and Eva Braun, along with a “communist line.”

The wines “are a way of not forgetting history and the monsters it produced, ensuring that they never return,” Lundardelli said, adding ruefully that “today’s monsters are faceless multinationals.”

The wines sell for $10-12 a bottle, though Lunardelli believes there is a vibrant black market for the wines in Austria and Germany, where the Nazi propaganda historical homage is illegal.

Lunardelli doesn’t understand the outrage against his wines, pointing out that most of his bottles are purchases as a joke — because nothing pairs with antisemitism like irony.

However it is not recommended that you pair your ironic wine with certain Caribbean social revolutions. Lunardelli had to pull the plug on his Che Guevara line when Che’s widow demanded $27,000 and 15% of the proceeds of every bottle sold in exchange for the rights to using his image on the bottles.