Above you can watch Maddox’s new video, “I Hate Buzzfeed,” and while we’ll look a bit at Maddox’s argument in a second, there is some relevant background here. If you are relatively new to the internet or just haven’t heard of the dude, you might not realize that you’re not just hearing the venting of a random angry nerd!
Maddox is a respected internet legend (as oxymoronic as that may sound). His website, “The Best Page in the Universe” has been around since the early days of the internet and is delightfully minimalist, completely ad-free, and filled with the exact kind of rant that you can see above, except it’s all text of course. Here’s a couple of classics to get started: “Proof that Wealth Can’t Buy Class: The Top Four Ugliest Cars on the Road,” “More Crappy Children’s Art Work,” and while it’s a bit dated, his epic movie critique “The Movie Signs in Four Easy Steps” is beyond brilliant.
Suffice it to say, Maddox is hilarious and always has cynical but untainted criticism toward the world. As mentioned prior, his website is ad-free; dude does it for the love of the game.
Regarding Buzzfeed, Maddox makes a lot of great points. He says Buzzfeed’s content is completely substanceless:
Most interesting is Maddox’s philosophy regarding Buzzfeed’s citation of their sources. He essentially says that Buzzfeed doesn’t give credit (making the content stolen) or that if they do give credit, it is essentially meaningless:
Another point of Maddox’s that is interesting is that Buzzfeed’s articles have authoritative titles, but they are essentially geared to have no central point-of-view:
In short, it’s a dense and smart criticism by one of the internet’s classic, and most pure commentators. The video currently has around 40,000 views on YouTube.