Top 10 Best Lists for 2012

As we get to the end of the year, there are a plethora of lists about every aspect of pop culture that are posted, printed, read out and done in interpretive dance.  They all spark conversations, debate or even a shrug of shoulders, most importantly you sometimes get to learn something new.  Here is a collection of my favourite lists for 2012:

10.  PopTen’s Top 10 Things China Invented

Who knew?  That is the question.  A great list that teaches you those bits of trivia that will help you win that pub night trivia quiz. Click here http://www.poptens.com/2012/09/20/top-10-things-china-invented-first/

9. Triple J’s 20 of the Most Eye-catching Album Covers of 2012

Triple J, the youth focused national radio station is all about the music.  As part of  the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Triple J does not play adverts and is not beholden to commercial music interests.  This is a great list that shows you exactly what Triple J is all about, and lets you indulge in that lost art form – the album cover. 

For the pictures of the album covers, click here http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/musicnews/s3657122.htm

8. The Olympics Wiki’s Top 10 Olympic Movies

Look it was an Olympic year and the year could not pass without one mention of this great show in London.  Here is a public voted list of movies about sports where the Olympics are involved.  My personal guilty pleasure is Cutting Edge.  Love it.

For the list, click here http://olympics.wikia.com/wiki/Top_10_list:Olympics_Movies

7.  The 2012 Black List – The Top 10 Unproduced Scripts in Hollywood

According to the About Us section on the Black List website, “It began as a survey. In 2005, Franklin Leonard surveyed almost 100 film industry development executives about their favourite scripts from that year that had not been made as feature films. That first list - many of which have been made since - can be viewed here. Since then the voter pool has grown to about 500 film executives, 60% of whom typically respond.”

Check out the list here http://blcklst.com/welcome/

6. SFX’s Top 25 Worst Sci-Fi and Fantasy TV Shows Ever

From the best Sci-Fi magazine in the world is one of the most comprehensive lists of lessons learned when it comes to TV shows.  As voted by readers and Facebook posters (so basically the most scientific way you can do a list), here is the list

http://www.sfx.co.uk/2012/10/09/top-2-worst-sci-fi-and-fantasy-shows-ever/

P.S. some of them actually ended up being guilty pleasure TV watching.

5. Den of Geek’s 5 Great Geek TV Christmas Specials

Den of Geek does a fantastic job of covering all that is geek from the US and the UK.  This list inspires you to go back and watch a couple of these.  Especially the X-Files episode.

For details on the list, click here http://www.denofgeek.com/tv/christmas-specials/23861/5-great-geek-tv-christmas-specials

4. The American Library Association’s Most Frequently Challenged Classic Novels

The American Library Association organises the annual Banned Books Week in the US.  This week is usually held during the last week of September and it highlights the value of free and open access to information in the United States.  According to the Banned Book Week website, “hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events….Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. According to the American Library Association, there were 326 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2011, and many more go unreported. The 10 most challenged titles of 2011 were:

  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle - Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group.
  2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa - Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group.
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins - Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence.
  4. My Mom's Having A Baby! A Kid's Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler - Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group.
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie - Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group.
  6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor - Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint.
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley - Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit.
  8. What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones - Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit.
  9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar - Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit.
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee - Reasons: offensive language; racism.

Click here for the list of the most challenged classic novels http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/challengedclassics

3. Huffington Post’s 15 Shows That Almost Made The Cut

I have been following Mo Ryan’s writing since she was at the Chicago Tribune.  Here at Huffington Post she pops out great, thoughtful insights into TV programs and the nature of the industry.  This list is actually more exciting than the Top 10 list, as I think these programs are watched more for enjoyment rather than watched because the show has a buzz or critical aclaim about it – which is usually the case about Top 10 lists.  For details on her list of the 15 shows that almost made the cut into her Top 10 TV programs for 2012, click here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maureen-ryan/best-shows-of-2012_b_2285813.html?utm_hp_ref=maureen-ryan

2.  Miss Manners on Sentiments In The Digital Age

In this day and age we still need Ms Manners to remind us about basic rules of politeness and consideration.  Technology may make everything more immediate but it can make people seem further away than they actually are.  Click here for some thoughts from Ms Manners

http://www.salon.com/2012/10/07/miss_manners_on_sentiments_in_the_digital_age/

1. The Discovery Channel’s 20 Ways The World Might End

Were the Mayans right?  Is it the end of the world?  The Discovery Channel put together the top 20 ways the world might end based on risk and probability.  From killer couches to mass insanity, enjoy the list here

http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/curiosity/topics/20-ways-world-might-end.htm