Top 10 lists: Traffic source or waste of space?

Top 10 lists are the fast food of the article world. They’re quick to write, people can skim them and feel they learned something, and it’s easy for the writer to position themself as an expert or someone with unique knowledge. But these articles are often misleading and provide limited (although often targeted) information. Does society prefer superficial knowledge? Noam Chomsky refuses television interviews because, “nobody wants a real answer, just a sound bite – if you ask me [Noam] a question I will give you the full answer. It may take a while.” Facebook overflows with top 10 lists. Are they empty and useless or a great way to spread your message?

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