Some people make lists to ease the stress of shopping. Others list to organize every aspect of their lives. Still others make lists out of an obsessive compulsion. Journalists, it appears, are compiling lists for either or both of two reasons: the bleak prospects of the field have worn some so thin that they have become physically incapable of writing paragraphs; or they have surrendered to the phenomenon of Whore Journalism – the media’s page hit race.
A list written less for the benefit of the public figure in question and more for that of the opposing audience. See also: Anthony Weiner.
Equipped with Bangable Dudes in History, this list is ratable and interactive.
Cleverly arranged statistics. To access articles of substance located to the right of this WSJ piece, one can choose to subscribe.
An attention-grabbing headline accompanying a story largely lacking facts.
Top three lists always feel the most incomplete.