In journalism and blogging, a listicle is a short-form of writing that uses a list as its thematic structure, but is fleshed out with sufficient copy to be published as an article. A typical listicle will prominently feature a cardinal number in its title, with subsequent subheadings within the text itself reflecting this schema. The word is a portmanteau derived from list and article. It has also been suggested that the word evokes "popsicle", emphasising the fun but "not too nutritious" nature of the listicle. A ranked listicle (such as Rolling Stone's "The 100 Best Albums of the Last Twenty Years") implies a qualitative judgement, conveyed by the order of the topics within the text. These are often presented in countdown order, and the "Number One" item is the last in the sequence. Other listicles impart no such values, instead presenting the topics in no particular order, although they may be grouped by theme.
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While conventional reportage and essay-writing often require the
careful crafting of narrative flow, the building-block nature of the
listicle lends itself to more rapid production. It can also be a means
of "recycling" information, as often it is the context, not the
content, that is original. For example, one can construct a listicle
by adding captions to
It's so easy you wonder why everyone doesn't do it until you realize that now it's all they do: Come up with an idea ("Top 10 Worst [X]") on the L train ride to the office that morning, [and] slap together 10 (or 25, or 100) cultural artifacts ripe for the kind of snarky working over that won't actually tax you at all as a writer/thinker.
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The dictionary definition of listicle at Wiktionary What Is a Listicle?, by Jo Christy 23 Reasons Why We Should Snort at Listicles,