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the news into a list makes information more accessible for a larger proportion of the population, and catches people who may not devote the time to read a lengthy article analysing the situation in Syria. “People click on clickbait as a joke and might learn more. It’s very clever.”, Ross says. In this sense, listicles aren’t killing our education, they’re just presenting information in a new way. Whether listicles are damaging our perception of the world, ourselves, and what we deem important is debatable. What is certain, however, is that listicles aren’t going anywhere any time soon. City University now teaches list-writing as part of its Journalism MA degree, and the popularity of Buzzfeed and spin-off sites is undeniable.

listicles aren’t killing our education, they’re just presenting information in a new way Ross says she’s “scared about it”, but work published by many broadsheet newspapers embracing this new form in an intellectually stimulating way suggests that maybe this might not be the end of writing as an art. Maybe reporters just have to play a different game. Although the internet allows room for more superficial articles, good journalists are learning to make writing interesting and accessible for the ever-changing world around it. If Hemmingway can write a book in six words, maybe we can make art out of a list.

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Pi Magazine, Issue 713 - Re:Generation  

Our third issue of 2015-16 explores our generation of millennial, and our collective identity. Why is our generation the way it is - what ex...

Pi Magazine, Issue 713 - Re:Generation  

Our third issue of 2015-16 explores our generation of millennial, and our collective identity. Why is our generation the way it is - what ex...

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