Chapter 13. Ordering and Reordering
13.1. Top 10 Reasons Why Top 10 Lists Fail
- Who wants to be last on the list? On the other hand, making the list is much better than being 11th.
- Is nine really better than 10?
- There are usually twenty to thirty people who say they are in “the top ten.”
- “Lists provide a simulacrum of order that reifies our inherent unease over the chthonic forces of disorder”–Guy de Montparnasse,
- Sixth is a comfortable position. It's not high enough to provide endless anxiety about slippage, but it's not low enough to
slip off of the list. Slipping off the list would be terrible.
- Five golden rings.
- There is no number 4.
- All good things come in threes. But it's not the same if you're number 3 in a list of ...
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