These lists can be funny and interesting, but they need to be kept in perspective. They shouldn’t take the place of more important and current news stories on the home pages of websites and news organizations. They are a sideshow, and it’s the responsibility of both the media and ourselves to keep them in their proper place.

I hate Shakespeare’s Hamlet, grapefruits, and the fact that the Arctic Monkeys are playing in my hometown on my birthday and I can’t go see them. But as for Rob Ford, I am simply annoyed that he continues to occupy such a large part of our collective consciousness.

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