Remember when 'viral' used to only mean something bad, IE something that would make you ill or destroy your computer?
How things have changed. Tom Phillips from BuzzFeed UK explains how they choose the language to make their content go viral. Why does Buzzfeed steer clear of round numbers, sarcasm and irony? Will the internet ever reach Peak Hyperbole? What's the curiosity gap and how do you cross it? Find out all by listening to the show via iTunes, SoundCloud, or through your favoured podcast directory. The RSS feed is http://feeds.theallusionist.org/Allusionist.
A bit of additional reading:
- Buzzfeed not only analyses its own language, but also that of White House press secretaries to discover which president's regime is the cagiest.
- Here's BuzzFeed's style guide, for your interest.
- If you can't be bothered to study it, Time has interpreted its linguistic signifance for you.
MAILCHIMP'S RANDOMLY SELECTED WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY:
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Presented and produced by Helen Zaltzman.
'Allusionist Theme' - Martin Austwick
'Chocolate Rain' [instrumental] - Tay Zonday
'Gangnam Style' [instrumental] - PSY