2010, Laura Penny, More Money Than Brains: Why School Sucks, College is Crap, & Idiots Think They're Right, McClelland & Stewart (2011), ISBN9780771070495, page 43:
Movies are judged by their special effects budgets or box-office totals, humanities professorships are determined by how many articles the candidate has managed to publish, and the press is simply nutty for listicles and star ratings, which are ways of converting culture into easily telegraphed quanta.
Dishy books! Bruno Mars! Human excrement! Relieve the year that was in handy listicle form, on page 52.
2013 December 2, Maria Konnikova, “A List of Reasons Why Our Brains Love Lists”, in The New Yorker, archived from the original on 27 March 2014:
“6 TITANIC SURVIVORS WHO SHOULD HAVE DIED.” “THESE 9 NAZI ATROCITIES WILL MAKE YOU LOSE FAITH IN HUMANITY.” “5 INSANE PLANS FOR FEEDING WEST BERLIN YOU WON’T BELIEVE ARE REAL.” These are just some of the lists that the comic strip “XKCD” recently joked would result from retrofitting the twentieth century’s most newsworthy events with modern, Internet-style headlines. Despite the growing derision of listicles exemplified by the comic, numbered lists—a venerable media format—have become one of the most ubiquitous ways to package content on the Web.
2014 January–February, Arika Okrent, “The listicle as literary form”, The University of Chicago Magazine, archived from the original on 1 February 2014:
[T]hese days, as a language columnist for online publications the Week and Mental Floss, I mostly write listicles. A listicle is an article in the form of a list. I'd like to think the ones I do count among the nobler examples of the genre—less "15 Best Butts in Hollywood," more "12 Mind-Blowing Number Systems from Other Languages." There's nothing about the form of the listicle itself that prevents it from dealing with highbrow or important subjects, and increasingly, news of all kinds is being delivered in this form ("11 Architectural Innovations that Made the Modern City Possible," "7 Supreme Court Cases that Could Change the Country," and so on).
2014 April 4, Tess VandenDolder, “Gawker makes a massive mistake by cutting back on Internet slang”, in InTheCapital:
In the process of raising the bar on Gawker’s overall style, Read also took a dig at the publication's bitter rival, Buzzfeed. The site that essentially invented the listicle is known for compiling posts that consist of pretty much nothing but internet slang and GIFs of cats.
2014 April 7, Megan Garber, “Victorian Buzzfeed: 'The 25 Stages From Courtship to Marriage': Here's a listicle from the 19th century that pokes fun at ... listicles”, in The Atlantic, archived from the original on 13 April 2014:
The Internet did not invent the listicle. Lists-as-arguments—lists-as-stories—have, of course, been around since long, long before Buzzfeed came along. And they haven't just been around; they've also been both playing with and poking fun at the list form itself, one item at a time. I mention that because the Public Domain Review has unearthed this gem, "The 25 Stages from Courtship to Marriage," a set of hand-tinted stereographs depicting a sampling of those stages, generally from the perspective of the woman being courted. The cards are undated, PDR notes, but they mostly likely originated in the late 19th century.
2014 April 14, Brett LoGiurato, “The State Department put out another listicle of Putin's 'Top 10' lies on Ukraine”, in Business Insider India, archived from the original on 21 April 2014:
In the listicle-esque fact sheet, the State Department went after 10 more of Russia's "false claims," this time coming amid Russian advances into eastern Ukraine. Among other points, this fact sheet pushes back against Russian claims that it has nothing to do with the unrest, that the Ukrainian government is responsible for targeting otherwise "peaceful" protesters, and that it has ordered a "partial drawdown" of the massive troop buildup at the Ukrainian border.