I had to read this twice to make sure this was real.
Here’s a snippet from the ‘narrative’ of the crisis in Egypt in Jurassic Park GIFs, created by BuzzFeed staff writer Benny Johnson:
This made many in the international community nervous.
A constitutional referendum was held in Egypt in March 2011 that attempted to clone democracy and presidential limitations.
They found a democracy DNA strand frozen in amber.
The referendum passed with 77% approval and a new constitutional Egypt was born.
Elections were scheduled soon after, which delighted the disenfranchised Muslim Brotherhood who held a distinct advantage in organization and fundraising against their liberal, young challengers.
To say this is childish, puerile bullshit would be a massive understatement. As Egypt, a country with 84 million people, waits on tenterhooks for a highly dangerous and potentially volatile political situation to resolve itself, this type of nonsense only fuels American ignorance of the crisis. I get it that BuzzFeed is there to make people laugh. Doing funny GIF posts about cats and hangovers is one thing, but reducing a highly complex political crisis into 2 second moving screen shots of a children’s dinosaur movie is something completely different.
If BuzzFeed really is the future of journalism, we’re completely and utterly fucked.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.