LISTS of the best cultural things of the year are deliberately composed to make you feel stupid, their creators have admitted.Doesn’t know what ‘post-punk’ is
The lists, currently appearing in subtly different forms in every publication, are carefully calibrated to humiliate you for your ignorant choices in 2014.
Guardian writer Eleanor Shaw said: For films, the rule is that it cant contain any explosions.
In music its all about rubbing your nose in your own ignorance, so the writer casually assumes you know all about Xiu Xius change of line-up and label while youre still trying to work out what they are.
Its difficult with books, because nobody reads those anyway, but even the diehard intellectuals can be alienated by recommending the third volume of a five-volume Truman Capote biography.
Making a large, varied audience all feel like uninformed halfwits isnt easy, but its one of the most satisfying parts of the job.
Stephen Malley of Winchester said: My best album of 2014 is that Blurred Lines, but when I looked in the newspapers I found out that it wasnt an album, that it didnt come out this year and its shit.
That made me feel small.