To be fair it’s not an ad for themselves, but rather for Friskies and is the latest addition to the ‘Dear Kitten’ series.
As recently as the 1990s it would’ve been difficult to imagine a catalogue of oddly numbered lists turning into one of new media’s biggest success stories. But now, as we find ourselves neck deep in the zeros and ones of the digital age, the question ‘Have you seen that BuzzFeed list on …?’ has become a phrase as familiar—and commonly used—as ‘Google it’ or ‘there’s an app for that’. Andy Wiedlin, BuzzFeed’s chief revenue officer, is someone who has first-hand experience of BuzzFeed’s journey from being a quirky idea to a pop culture phenomenon.
While some critics saw the Wolf of Wall Street as an indictment on the exorbitant habits of stockbrokers, this isn’t necessarily the only interpretation that could be used to understand Scorsese’s directorial decisions. There’s also a growing school of thought suggesting that the financial theme was actually a metaphor for the modern trend of websites becoming insanely popular despite offering nothing in terms of completely original content.