The end of each year is the time to role out the most obsequious, irritating TV format going. The ‘100 Best TV shows/moments/movies/songs/highlights of the year.’
The production of such shows goes as follows:
1. Select 100 TV shows/moments/movies/songs/highlights of the year.
2. Get irritating z-listers: people who aren’t interesting enough to be on ‘I’m a Celebrity,’ a ‘comedian’ no-one has heard of because they’re not funny, just bitter and twisted, someone from the 1970’s who should’ve stayed there and someone else no-one has heard of or cares about but wrote an article for The Guardian once.
3. Aggregate into list form.
Here’s the part that really pisses me off:
It works. People watch this shit.
The people who produce these shows are too lazy to come up with content of their own, so they compile a list. Lists are the ideal form of entertainment for a generation brought up on Twitter and Facebook, as every list comes with an unspoken guarantee to the viewer that they won’t have to invest too much time any mental energy by viewing anything that may actually challenge them. If lists had small print, it would read:
YOU WON’T HAVE TO THINK ABOUT ANYTHING YOU SEE FOR X MINUTES. YOU ARE GUARANTEED TO SEE A BUNCH OF PICTURES IN NUMERICAL ORDER. THIS LIST WILL NOT REQUIRE YOU TO EXPEL ANY MENTAL ENERGY. ENJOY YOUR JUNK FOOD, COCKTARD.
That’s because it is, you retard. Stop viewing this rubbish.
Know what else would be better than watching a show about a list of shows/movies/songs deemed to be the best of the year in lieu of original content? Showing those shows/movies/songs in FULL.
This is the culmination of the very worst didactic tendencies.
Let’s put this into perspective: what is the difference between art and pornography? Art ‘stills,’ whereas pornography is anything that is designed to elicit a stimulus, whether that be lust, excitement, fear, loathing, disgust. Pornography isn’t just people fucking.
Nonetheless, you know how porn movies (in the known sense) get derided for the terrible near non-existent plots, acting, music, production? Significantly more effort went into generating the content for the most derided, terrible porn movie than goes into compiling a list. That is how retarded you are for watching this shit and lapping it up.
Just putting that out there.