January 3, 2009
Best Threads of 2008, Pts. 1 and 2
I just read Kottke’s self-assessment of his best posts/threads from 2008. One in particular — a loooong comment thread on the intentional mispronunciation of words — was a surprise to me, since I don’t usually read comments on JK’s blog (often ‘cause he doesn’t enable ‘em).
But! This reminded me that Snarkmarket has probably got thousands of readers who hardly ever look at the comment threads after they digest the nice juicy post or link elsewhere. So I thought, as Snarkmarket’s long-time commenter-in-chief, I would put together Snarkmarket’s Best Threads of 2008.
To make this managable, let’s do one for each month
and just the first half of the year to start.
January: “The Ideas! The Ideas!” No contest. Robin advances The Thompson Thesis (Clive, not Matt) that science fiction beats literary fiction for the strength and number of its ideas.
February: “Echo From Last July.” This one clears the bar on the sheer number of meta-points, since the post itself links back to one of the best comment threads from 2007. Also, the nearest competitor is also mostly just a digression about Radio Lab.
March: I’ll give the title to “A Mystery Begins,” particularly for Saheli’s thoughtful interrogation of alternate reality games, marketing, and gift economies.
April: “Alligator Blood Beats Supergerms.” Where Robin’s unconscious perfectly remembers the costume and origin story of a Spider-Man villain.
June: It’s tough, but “Newspaper Eulogy: A Footnote” wins, because or in spite of the fact that Matt’s original post distinguishing between saving the newspaper and saving journalism is just too good — a sign of things to come.
July: A tie, between “Life: Rich With Metaphor” and “Lifehack of the Month: Truly Generic Pills.” From the mating habits of anglerfish to the nuances of chemistry lexica, science brought out the smarts in the home and away teams.
September: “Towards Engagement.” Might be a contender for most words-per-comment in the site’s history.
October: “Improving the Debates”: Good ideas here, some of which I’d forgotten about. Good skepticism, too.
November: “SNARKMARKET ALERT: Snarkstruct 2019.” Um… yeah! Enough great specific sub-thread visions of the future for six or seven posts on the same theme. A must-read — and a foundation for things to come?
And that’s it! What a great year for Snarkmarket — and if I may say, a pretty great, surprisingly representative range of posts AND comments. Give yourselves a hand, Snarkmatrix.