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When Did the Internet Become a List of Lists?

by Kevin Hill — last modified Oct 08, 2007 10:25 AM
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I noted lately that almost all popular internet sites are all top 10 (or 5, or 100) lists. Is this the future of entertainment?

Doc Searles commented on this recently. And no, The Linux Show isn't coming back anytime soon.

I've been getting into Digg lately, and while it is cool, it has exposed this trend of highly ranked articles often being in the "top 10" list format. I've been getting lax in adding things to my blog, so I figured I really should comment on this.

Myspace, Linkedin, etc, etc all show how much fun it is to reduce everything to popularity contests, and I guess this is something along the same continuum. It might not even necessarily be a bad thing, David Letterman has kept coming up with hilarious top ten lists since practically inventing the form many years ago.

You would think in something as large and diverse as the internet there would be more unique things to read though...


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