The 2010 Refrigerator Rants Random Awards

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The last few weeks of December are filled with “best of” lists of everything from fashion to food to news to sports. Rather than merely adding to that jumble, I’ve compiled a list of random awards. (If you want to know what the best TV show of the year was, just ask someone who actually watches Mad Men. That won’t stop me from listing my favourites, though.) Some of these awards are good, some of them are bad, and some are just plain, well, random. The awards mainly deal with television, but some also deal with music, the Internet, print media, and movies. I’ve included runners-up for some of the awards. Read on for the winners, the losers, and the, um, “randomers.” More

Facebook, The Social Network, and Other Odds and Ends

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Last night, I finally got around to seeing The Social Network. (I know I’m late to the party.) It was a great film; it was funny, moving, dramatic, and full of intrigue. Jesse Eisenberg gave a stellar performance as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake also played their roles to perfection. But I’m not here to sing this film’s praises. This fictionalized account of Facebook’s creation has a message: people are curious, easily manipulated, and obsessed with sex. We see these faults in the fictional versions of the people behind Facebook, but they’re the kind of faults that everyone possesses and have allowed Facebook to become an international phenomenon. More