Buzzfeed News Article

Likes, Retweets, and Karma: News in the 21st Century



For my final project I’m going to continue parsing internet data to create a visual depicting how news stories are manipulated, sensationalized, and even falsified as it trickles through the legitimate new sources, to less and less legitimate social mediums.

The internet provides us with a plethora of sources to read about the news. And even if we aren’t actively seeking it we are inundated with news stories from Facebook, Instagram, and Buzzfeed, among others. Each of these outlets has developed a sense of style, even an identity with how this information is presented and shared. It almost resembles the whisper game you played as a kid. One kid tells his friend a secret that is shared from person to person until it reaches the end of the circle. More often than not, the secret does not match the original. Usually it’s become someone got bored and just told a new secret, but this is something that the internet is not immune to. I find this “rabbit hole” of information incredibly interesting, and from a technological point of view it will be challenge to see how many different APIs I can incorporate.

Possible outlets to search:

  • BBC
  • CNN
  • Huffington Post
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Buzzfeed
  • Reddit
  • 4chan
  • Tumblr

I think the target audience will be 20, 30, 40 something years old who use several of these sources both for navigating the news and for social reasons.

Here is a VERY general idea of what it will look like. This is no way reflects any design or user experience choices. I will also be using APIs as oppose to screen shots, I just wanted to give a sense of how this “rabbit hole” might appear:


Previous assignment that looked down the Twitter Rabbit Hole.