Face it: cats have always had a place in news

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth

Why BuzzFeed’s Exploding Watermelon Won’t Destroy Journalism

Next time you hear a journalist criticise an online-only outlet for its cat gifs, bear in mind that the New York Times got there first:

The paper documents a Timesian obsession to all things feline that makes BuzzFeed’s devotion to kitty videos seem restrained. With the exception of the 1950s and the 1960s—which another academic called a period of “high modernism” in which the Times dealt its readers mostly “accurate, ‘unbiased’ information about public affairs”—the paper has doted on cats over the past century.


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Adam is a lecturer, trainer and writer. He's been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 30. He lectures on audience strategy and engagement at City, University of London.