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Dec 14, 2011

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Bill Yaner

It all started, actually, with Santa Claus making his list and checking it twice, intent on finding out who's been naughty and who's been nice.

Where I grew up, none of us felt we were going to make the cut.

Billy Jones

So what's next for media, a top 10 list of the biggest media screw-ups ever?

Andrew Brod

It's easy to criticize the media's end-of-year quirk (I do it), but they summarize, listify, and predict for a reason: readers seem to like lists.

The page-view game is obviously a new one, but it's seductive. I've known for a while what they're trying to do, but some lists sound too interesting to pass up. The 10 worst trades in baseball history? I've got to see how many times my Cubbies show up on that one.

Andrew Brod

Letterman in the '80s was a phenomenon. You could pretty much assume that he was what 20-somethings were watching. More than once, something bizarre would happen in Stupid Pet Tricks or with Brother Theodore (or the time an entire show was overdubbed with funny voices), and I'd get a call from across the country: "Did you see that?!"

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