5 Reasons People Need to Stop Complaining About List Articles
That said, they are presented more like the chapters of a book or the acts of a play. A good list article has no truck with that mishmash of Buzzfeed captions. Instead, it follows a good narrative from beginning to end, with brief stopping points right where the story beats should be. There's a flow, and you can use the format to say an awful lot of things.
Again, it's a question of quality. You can put a guitar in the hands of a 14-year-old who has just discovered "Smoke on the Water" and put the same guitar in the hands of Yngwie Fucking Malmsteen* and get totally different results. Here's a hint: It ain't the guitar.
*This is not profanity. Malmsteen's middle name is "Fucking" 
List Articles Allow Writers to Talk About Things That Aren't News: Have you ever come across something years after it debuted and wanted to share it with everyone you know because it's an awesome thing? That happens with writers, too, and sharing awesome things is our bread and butter, not to mention our Laffy Taffy and cheap wine.
There's a problem, though. That awesome Tetris musical you just found on YouTube? It's not current news and no one is going to care four years after it was released. It's just not timely enough. So what do you do? You wait until the anniversary of the game rolls around and you throw out the "7 Best Covers of the Tetris Theme".
That's what I and so many other pop-culture writers love about the format. If you come across something you think is neat, all you have to do is find four or nine things roughly like it in some way and then you can show it off. It's a wonderful method of getting tiny pockets of trivial greatness a little press and love in the world.
Source Pictured: Debate
Ranking Fosters Debate: Everyone who writes a Top 10 anything article knows the very first response he or she is going to get: "You forgot thiiiiiiiiis." This is usually followed by calls for the writer's termination, sometimes from life itself, and a general hatred of the news outlet expressed in poorly spelled expletives.
Amid all the noise that this generates, though, you often get to see how people really feel about a particular subject. Readers will fervently argue their preferred recognition of video games or songs or whatever is on the table, and such argument actually does lead to new insight. For a writer, it's a good way to find a cultural pulse.
Undoubtedly the comments on this story will feature people explaining the five ways list articles tongue-bath the odious rectum of a donkey, and some of them will probably be at least partially right. Regardless, there's nothing inherently wrong with presenting your story in the format. Like rectum-licking, it all depends on the skill and care of the person doing it.