(Originally posted on Aug. 25, 2010)
The new news-aggregation site TBD.com in Washington, DC, has a reporter devoted exclusively to compiling lists. Lists are popular with Web audiences. That might seem frivolous, but if you think about it, it’s no less frivolous than much of the entertainment material we put in the paper or on the air. If a list is fun or interesting, it achieves its aim of giving the audience something to talk about. One such example from TBD: mottos of local public schools.