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What It's Like Being The Oldest BuzzFeed Employee

I am so, so lost, every workday.

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My name is Mark Duffy. I am a 53-year-old married New Yorker.

Before coming to BuzzFeed, I worked as an advertising copywriter for 25 years.

Before that, I was a pre-computer age journalist for 8 years (including college).

I carried around one of these (that exact model, actually).

Now, I am the resident cranky advertising reviewer/ranter, and have been for a year and a half. I write under the name "copyranter."

WTF is a cranky ad critic doing working at OMG LOL BuzzFeed?

It's still pretty much an ongoing unsolved mystery as to what the Hell I am doing here.

I am old enough to be the father of nearly every other editorial employee.

And, these whiz-kids completely baffle me, daily.

I am in a constant state of bafflement at BF HQ.

IN fact, I've never been more confused, day-in and day-out, in my life.

I am not being hyperbolic, for once.

This place is quite "high tech." We have the best IT, DEV, and OPS (Is that how you write it?) people around.

I, on the very far away other hand, am very afraid of technology.

I didn't start, fully, using a computer for work until I was about 40 years old.


I was told by my bosses to download Chrome 17 months ago.

I still haven't done it.

I am going to do it. Really soon.


4. BuzzFeed is of course your home for the best GIFs. I, on the other hand, don't know how to make a GIF, I don't want to know how to make a GIF. I fucking hate GIFs (except cat GIFs — they rule).

5. I've never taken an "Instagram"...I never will take an "Instagram"....I don't know what the Hell an "Instagram" is. I know what a telegram is. I have sent a couple of those.


12. I do try to keep up with this "social media" and "sharing" that these kids talk about so much. This is my Twitter avatar, below — follow me! hastag#oversharing hashtag#OldMenWithiPhones.


17. These kids love their video games. This is the last "video game" I played (Solitaire doesn't count), which I played in a student lounge, because there was no such thing as a "PC" when I was in college.


The BuzzFeed youngins and I do have a few things in common...

Every. Tasty. Video. EVER. The new Tasty app is here!