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
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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, a listicle can be constructed
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 ") on the L train ride to the office that morning, 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.
The blogger and technologist Anil Dash has also disparaged the proliferation of listicles, particularly within the blogosphere , writing in 2006 that they were the "geek equivalents of Cosmo coverlines".
Steven Poole has suggested the form has literary precursors like
Jorge Luis Borges
* ^ Okrent, Arika. "The listicle as literary form The University of Chicago Magazine". Mag.uchicago.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-13. * ^ A B "Blender Jerks Off Another \'Worst\' List". The Idolator. October 9, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2013. * ^ "It\'s Always August". Anil Dash. August 31, 2006. Retrieved January 31, 2013. * ^ Taylor, Marisa (Febru