The point of search engine optimization is purely to make your site look better than it really is. No matter how you look at this, to a search engine that is cheating.
—Search Engine Optimization – Just forget it; by Thomas Baekdal – Jul. 12, 2006
Good content isn't stuff you write for the search engines. …Being creative isn't looking at what your competitor is doing and copying them. It's being a leader, not a follower.
—Realistic Search Engine Optimization Expectations; The Conversion Chronicles
From a technical standpoint all articles can be content. All content isn't an article.
Content is an interesting word. Content fills a container, and no more. It could be called information, but it's not because that would imply you had some idea of who you're writing for.
In working practice, content need not live up to any standard for quality. Content does not have to reach any objective. What's more, all different types of content need do is share a common container. These content types need not acknowledge each other or work together, they just have to be neutrally generic in noninteraction.
Words don't have to refer to the pictures on the site. Slap in a Flash header? Why not? It's not going to conflict with anything.
What we're talking about are human factors stripped off leaving technical components. Articles are content when they are considered alpha numeric strings. Any string will do.
Unless they're keywords. And here we have the complete SEO perspective on writing.
You children's children may one day read an article with a photo that relates to the writing on the internet. And the article shall use the photo to explain a story. And the photo shall have a caption beneath; and lo, the caption shall describe the photo.
Forsooth, that image will not be an emoticon. And those future internet hipsters shall marvel at its novelty.
And your children's children shall see this, and revel in the sheer genius of this cutting edge content. For surely, that far flung future will be an age of wonder and trendy self-satisfaction.
Everyone else living today will have to settle for magazines and newspapers and picture books, television and movies, and print advertising.