Friday, February 10, 2012
Times Union "Best Of" Poll Raid
So, it seems that within our small Capital Region on-line community there is a bit of a hullabaloo over the yearly "Best Of" poll that the local rag (Times Union) conducts. As with any large, provincial, suburban periodical possessed of a relatively wide distribution over the range of social/age groups you tend to get some funny results. Subway will win "Best Sandwich" or Domino's will win "Best Pizza," etc... This upsets many, and we have those who are all fired up and looking to change this by offering suggestions for some more local oriented, non-chain sorts of places. You can read about this over on the Fussy Blog and also Kevin Marshall's blog, should you be interested in their particular recommendations.
Would I like to see some different choices for a few of the categories? Maybe. But you know what? The Times Union poll always makes me laugh, and I like to laugh. The world is fairly ridiculous as it stands now, and it is this ridiculousness that is the source of near constant personal amusement for me. Highlighting the banal, the strange, and the ridiculous nature of how humanity currently takes its sustenance is pretty much the mission statement of my crappy little hack weblog.
Pursuant to all of this blathering, I suggest a different tack. I suggest increasing the ridiculousness of the list for the s' and g's (shits and giggles). My suggestion is to vote for McDonald's (I first thought Taco Bell in an ode to Demolition Man, but McDonald's is probably a more fitting choice) for everything. "Best Local Chinese Restaurant?" -- McDonald's. "Best Local Non-Fiction Writer?" -- McDonald's. "Favorite Local News Anchor?" -- McDonald's, etc... ad infinitum.
Of course, I am only being half serious with this proposition and don't expect it to succeed (unless of course the few fans I see coming from /ck get hold of the idea, that corner of the internet has gloriously inflicted havoc on many an online poll). My main point is that it is not that I don't get where others are coming from with their ideas. It is just that I just can't bring myself to take the issue very seriously.
Wow, this is another one of my "get off my lawn," cranky, belligerent, rapscallion, anti-social kind of posts now isn't it? I will have to ask the wife if that facet of my personality is part of my charm.