If BuzzFeed, the self-proclaimed “First True Social News Organization,” wants to be more like the New York Times than a social news aggregator with no consequences like Reddit, then it might want to start by acknowledging not just its trivial errors, but its massive screw-ups as well. … Hybrid news sites are everywhere, and we’re all fighting for page views. But we should, on some level, all be in the same fight, which is that online journalism can be just as essential as legacy news organizations. In this case, while this Stuef v. Oatmeal kerfuffle could strike many outsiders as just a small fight between Internet People, what’s at stake is proving naysayers wrong about their worst fears about all-online journalism.
Read this thoughtful piece by @SladeHV on why the BuzzFeed/Jack Stuef vs. The Oatmeal/Matthew Inman fight actually matters.