The Most Meta of Lists: A List of the 10 Best Lists From Around The Internet
The end of journalism is nigh. Every major publication has predicted it and yes, the irony of this is apparently lost on all of them. There are many culprits in this demise, the Internet being the most often cited. I, however, cite a specific Internet phenomenon: lists. Lists (specifically "best of" or "10 ways you know" or "50 reasons why" lists) may be doing to journalism what reality TV is doing to television...but that doesn't mean that they can't be super entertaining.
In the most meta of spirits, here's my list of the 10 best lists from around the Internet, ranked in no particular order.
1. Nerve's Five Transformative Dance Scenes
Rock solid, from beginning to end.
2. Thought Catalog's 10 Things 90's Kids Will Have To Explain To Their Children
It would not be a list of lists without something about the 90's. Are we obsessed with the decade in which we were born/in elementary school/in middle school? Yes. Are we ashamed? As the number of shares this article has received will prove, clearly not.
3. AV Club's Am I Ugly Enough For An Oscar Now?
From The Onion AV Club comes this fantastic illustrated list of 17 attempts to de-glamorize movie stars, highlighting one of the more incomprehensible film trends of our time.
4. Thought Catalog's A Speculative List of Jay-Z's 99 Problems
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wonder why Thought Catalog can't publish articles like this all the time.
It wouldn't be a list of lists without a BuzzFeed mention (or Jennifer Lawrence, because the Internet apparently loves her more than cats and Joseph Gordon Levitt). Regardless of how I feel about their role in the destruction of journalism, those BuzzFeed writers really know how to use a GIF.
6. Funny Or Die's Most Badass Tombstones Ever
Forget the GSElevator guy who wants to have his obit in The Economist — this list of ways to be remembered is pithy, funny, and badass.
7. McSweeney's The Ultimate Guide To Writing Better Than You Normally Do
Colin Nissan is a genius. There's really no other way to honor him than to get as many people as possible to read his stuff.
Ignore the misogyny inherent in the fact that only one of the people in this list is female, and that she is depicted with the most cliche-ridden girl-centric tropes ever. Turn all of the "he" and "his" and "guy" references into non-gender specific ones, and this list is terrifyingly on point.
9. Shaun Usher's Lists of Note
It's another compilation of lists! Some funny, some heartwarming, some mundane (John Lennon's to-do list), written by people more famous than you or I (assuming you are not, in fact, famous). Nora Ephron's list of things she would and wouldn't miss after she died is one of my favorites, as is Noel Coward and Esme Wynne's "Rules of Palship".
10. Vulture's Every ESPN '30 for 30' Film Ranked
ESPN's 30 for 30 project is the best reason to get Netflix. This list, of all the films ranked in order (though it doesn't include the 9 for IX films, which are also awesome) is the best guide to breaking into the series. That said, they're all good.