The Ten Biggest Pop Culture Disappointments of 2011

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With the end of the year approaching, it’s time to look back on the the things that 2011 brought us. I’ll be doing some “best of” posts later, but before we can unwrap our presents under the tree, we have to count the lumps of coal in our stockings.

I’ll remember 2011 for lots of great things: the stellar third season of Parks and Recreation; the hilariously vulgar Bridesmaids; the best album of Matthew Good’s solo career, Lights of Endangered Species; the phrase “Trent Reznor, Academy Award winner” becoming unironic. But unfortunately, I’m also going to remember it for the ways in which it disappointed me. We’ll take a look at the ten biggest pop culture disappointments of 2011 after the jump. More

It’s All About the Contest

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Humans are competitive creatures. We battle it out for supremacy because the feeling of being on top is just so damn good. But we also like to partake in the fight from the sidelines, to cheer on the underdogs or to encourage the dominant gladiator to bludgeon the other contenders to death. That’s why competitive reality shows like American Idol are so popular. Like spectators in a Roman coliseum who decide on a fighter’s survival by giving the thumbs up or thumbs down, we vote by phone or text to determine the next singing sensation who will be forgotten five days after the show is over. More