Beware anyone who comes at you with a Top 10 list. They are out to get you.
Top Ten Things You Need To Know About Top 10 Lists
10. If they build it you will come. The assumption is being made that when your brain sees “Top 10” you’ll click the link faster than a monkey pounding a button for a banana. Because, mmm, banana!
9. Fast acting. They know you have the attention span of a gnat on Heisenberg’s Blue Sky meth. Wait. What?
8. Unefficiency. Forcing content into a rigid format isn’t necessarily the best way to communicate information and ideas. It’s one of those “square peg – round hole” kind of dealios.
7. Fillers are delicious. Meaningless crap will often be added just so the requisite 10 items can be reached. Even most average idiots can count to ten. If you want filler go to a fast food restaurant.
6. You the dumb. They know you’ll fall for it again and again. That are betting on that fact that your brain is drain, i.e., not worky much.
5. Lemmings do that. Top 10 lists are trendy. No one likes to be on the outside and left behind. Grab your fedora and jump off that cliff. Come on in, the water is fine!
4. Tastes like McChicken. Little McNuggets of text are a very poor way of fully communicating ideas. The tapestry of the information and things like background, sources, nuance and opposing points of view are lost.
3. Darwinism biologicals. Hey, look. Ten fingers, ten toes. Light bulb! Ten is great magic. Lists should also be ten. Yep. That’s all the logic that went into it.
2. This shit is hard. The format oversimplifies complex information into easily digestible bits. Bon appétit. Real learning isn’t supposed to be this easy.
1. More is less. Overachieving towards an arbitrary number puts the emphasis on quantity over quality. (This is a form of McDonalization.) In all likelihood the key points are being obfuscated.
Can you think of other problems with top ten lists? Because I can guarantee you this: I left some out!