Top one list of list-thing I always look forward to this time of year

1. The The Annual Annual List of Lists. (The 2006 List launched yesterday.)

rexblog flashback 1: Rex Hammock interviews Rex Sorgatz about the Annual List of Lists. From that interview, here is Sorgatz’s explanation of why people are fascinated with lists:

“First off, we live in a culture where events fly by so fast that history never has time to establish itself. (VH1’s ‘Best Week Ever’ is the personification of this — a week is as far back as we can see, and pop culture events from three days ago already feel like ancient history.) Lists allow us to peer back with the context goggles on. Secondly, with this surfeit of media and culture reportage, lists allow people to establish an identity. By saying ‘These Are The 10 Best Albums of 2005,’ you’re allowed to declare some ownership over this vast culture machine that spits out much more than we can possibly consume. In that sense, making a list is a little like starting a blog — it’s an attempt to take back the media and recontextualize it as your own.”

Links to the previous years’’s Lists of Lists: 2005, 2004, 2003, 2001.

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