Friday, December 28, 2007

Best of 2007

I really hate best/worst of the year lists. This year you’ll see Britney Spears’ on most of them, and it leaves me with so many ‘why’ questions. Why does anyone care about the family problems of a bad pop singer? Why did she beat out the Iraq War, or the fires that blazed through Southern California as a worst of 2007? Well, that may be a bit of a straw man, not all lists will value Britney Spears over an ongoing war, but I like picking on mainstream media.

Now, here are a few of my silly favorites from 2007.

Favorite TV show 2007: Mythbusters

On the surface this show is about two offbeat special effects artists that blow things up, but if you dig a little deeper you’ll find the value of science and truth, while at the same time being severely entertained.

Favorite Book 2007: God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens

Hitchens supplied a new voice to the atheist/secular movement this year. His wit and keenness on the subject of religion pushed his book up the best-seller list reaching #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list in its third week. The library does own a copy, but you’ll have to get on the waiting list.

Favorite Movie 2007: Alien vs. Predator – Requiem

It’s the only movie I saw this year…it was bad.

-Mitchell Haug