As you know, End-of-the-Year Top Ten lists are ubiquitous in North America. This year, we also get to mark the end of a decade, which doubles the fun. In fact, it marks the end of the first decade of an entire millennium (although, having written that, it doesn’t look as impressive in print as it sounded out loud). The Washington Post has published its Worst Ideas of the Decade. The grim introduction to the list opens thus:
When the best you can say about a 10-year span is that Y2K was overblown and that at least our downturn wasn’t a Depression, you know it was hardly the best of times.
Since the WaPo list isn’t numbered, I can’t figure out if they started with #1 and worked their way down to #10, or with #10 and worked their up to #1. It probably doesn’t matter either way, so, without further ado, I give you the Washington Post’s Worst Ideas of the Decade.
The Battle of Tora Bora
Television Dancing Competitions
The Torture Memos
The Endless Sports Season
Housing Prices Always Rise
The Prosperity Gospel
What do you think? Do you agree with the WaPo’s selections, or would your list differ? As always, you may share your opinions in the comments.
UPDATE: If reviewing a mere decade is too limited for you, you may find The Onion’s Top Ten Stories of the Past 4.5 Billion Years more to your liking.
— the chaplain