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Friday, December 7, 2007

∞-Meta Times Infinity: SF Weekly's Top 10 List of Top 10 Lists of Top 10 Lists

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2007 at 7:31 AM

Christmas Season? Lists!

+ Alt Weekly Blog? Self Referentialism Cubed!

= SF Weekly’s 9-short-of-10th Annual Top 10 List of Top 10 Lists of Top 10 Lists!

10.) Victor Navasky’s triumphantly meta student magazine the New York Review of Magazines double-metas in the current issue with a top 10 list of top 10 lists.

"Top 10 Top 10": Top ten most ridiculous top-ten lists

9.) Alternet, the derailed attempt at an alternative weekly syndication service, seeks to still serve leftists with this 2005 T10T10:

“Our Top 10 List of Lists hopes to capture the essence of 2005 by compiling the year's most superlative, truly notable, absolutely blue-ribbon cultural bric-a-brac.”

8.) This random blogger’s purported T10T10 list captures the lack of fulfillment often associated with Top-10 lists by promising T10T10, then sort of failing to deliver. “The Top 10 List of Top 10 Lists.”

7.) T10T10 lists aren’t just for hip blogs, student magazines and lefty websites. Square MSM Courtier Cox News Service made a short-lived stab at the genre two years ago with its “2005 Top 10 List of Top 10 Lists of 2005.”

6.) Fans ask: How did SF Weekly manage to construct this listing mobius strip? With a search engine! Fittingly, a search engine trade journal had its own T10T10 list last year. “Search Marketing's Top 10 List of Top 10 Lists of 2006”

5.) Half way in, and we realize this is kind of dorky. What the hell... In for a dime, in for a dollar: Dorky, meet Geeky. “Top 10 gadget top 10 lists”

4.) Better still, a T10T10 from a geek who's self referentially geeky. “10 Most Unusual 'Top 10' Lists”

3.) The following T10T10 appeared as “#4” in SF Weekly's list’s "#4" -- ['s “10 Most Unusual ‘Top 10’ Lists.”] So this list within a list within a list earns a coveted ©T10T10-Quadruple-Meta. “Top 10 Facts About Top 10 Facts”

2.) Whoaaah! NYROM flips a ©T10T10T10-Triple-Double-∞-Meta by listing their own top-10 list of top-10 list as #7 in their own top-10 list of top-10 lists. “What were we thinking?”.

1.) They’re just kids. We’ll do better. By putting our own top T10T10T10 list as #1 inside our own T10T10T10 list, and by hosting NYROM’s T10T10 – which has its own T10T10 list inside itself – inside this self-listing T10T10T10 list, we’ve accomplished the world’s first ©T10T10T10 Triple-Double-∞--∞-Times-Infinity-Again-Meta.

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-- Matt Smith

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