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Top 10 Reasons why Top 10 Lists are Stupid

Updated on December 9, 2012

Ever try to read or write a Top 10 List? Pretty easy, isn't it? I thought so. Consider these Top 10 reasons not to read or write Top 10 Lists.

Top 10 Reasons why Top 10 Lists are Stupid

10. Ten disjointed non sequiturs provide no opportunity to develop a continuous narrative.

9. The Top 10 List concept has been done to death by late night TV entertainment shows that can't afford real writers.

8. NASCAR is unfairly misrepresented in some popular Top 10 Lists.

7. The first few items in the list are hugely funny, however subsequent items are trite and repetitive.

6. The first few items in the list may be hugely funny, however subsequent items are trite and repetitive and contain the same content.

5. Unnecessary ambiguity results when items intended to be funny become interspersed with items intended to make a salient point sans humor.

4. The number '10' is contrived; humans have 10 fingers, but rarely do humans have 10 germane points to make about any popular topic.

3. Time spent contriving Top 10 Lists could be better spent polishing work that is inherently more entertaining.

2. Compiling lists is a cheap and convenient way for bad writers to hide flaws in there writing skills like run on sentences, hanging clauses, poor phrasing, lack of imagination, and bad use of gerunds and prepositions.

1. Top 10 Lists pander to our microwave society by presenting information in bite-sized nibbles without actually providing depth or breadth.

0. Top 10 lists are organically unclear on the issue of list ranking; is item #10 the top item, or is item #1?


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      nicomp really 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Voted up by me.

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @emievil: Don't be shy. Your lists are probably much more interesting than mine.

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      emievil 8 years ago from Philippines

      Jeeezzz, glad that you will still read mine then =). I'll refrain from putting up a top ten list in the future. :D

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @emievil : I will definitely read them. Even though they are stupid (ostensibly) they fit my attention span just fine. :)

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      emievil 8 years ago from Philippines

      Uhm, I have a lot of top 10 hubs. Does this mean you won't read them? :)

    • Flightkeeper profile image

      Flightkeeper 8 years ago from The East Coast

      Well you may not like top 10 lists but you at least were able to write a couple of fun hubs!

    • nilum profile image

      nilum 8 years ago

      Nice informative Hub


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