While I’m all for killing the previous generations’ idols I just feel like the “Intern listens to old critically acclaimed record and is like LOL WUT IDK” genre in general is done in bad faith. I know this icked-out response is coming from the part of my brain that was molded by Sitemeter and Chartbeat and all that, but I really do feel like pieces like the PE one aren’t written so much as they are assembled—take provocative headline A, add in challop B (come on, the Drake thing), add more words, stir, let the dough proof via social-media reactions, then bake it in a knock-down, drag-out comment section. Wait a day or so and poof, you’ve got an outrage loaf. The content itself, or the effort that went into it, is secondary. That’s what bothers me more than anything—the obvious lack of encouragement to actually use this huge platform (which, again, is a privilege!) as a springboard for reflection or anything deeper at all.