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Man-Size’s Best of 2010

31 Dec

Man-Size may have fallen into an incidental hiatus, but its writers have been ever-vigilant, keeping their noses to the exciting, and, at times obnoxious, grindstone that is pop culture. What we are all taking away from 2010 is unique, but luckily, this year’s internet, television, film, and music were universal. To wrap up ’10, known in the Chinese calendar as the year of the Loko, we here at Man-Size have all made lists of the things that fueled the 3am sleep-deprived marathons and kept us sane in the midst of Lindsay Lohan, Weezy’s lock-up, and the American Skins remake. Enjoy, beautiful people, and may you wake up on the 1st with a full memory of the night before.

TOP FIVE NICHE-INTEREST WEBSITES OF 2010

I love the internet. Not only because it gives me the power to Google who invented kitty litter (Edward Lowe, word up) when I’m bored at 2am on a Wednesday, but because it provides a platform for all the precious people of the world to give us insight into the beauty of their brains. Fuck all the diatribes about puppies or patterned silk dresses on size negative models. The internet is full of nerds, and this is them chilling in Eden, eating all the fruit.

5. Pitchfork Reviews Reviews — Originally conceived as a place for avid P4K reader David to give his thoughts on the music reviews he’d just read, essentially reviewing the review, PRR has evolved into a hub of social commentary with its finger on the pulse of the ever-evolving music and pop culture. It’s a fascinating transformation to watch, with writing that gives you insight into one of our generation’s most unique minds.

4. Fuckyeahdarkplace — Deleted after only about two weeks, this tumblr was the Holy Grail for all things Darkplace (nee Garth Merenghi’s Darkplace, a British TV show from 2004 starring the incredible Matt Berry and Richard Ayoade—now a cult classic in America) and a way for the small handful of us to collectively jerk off to how much we loved the show via the internet. Then it became a dumping ground for British comedy as a whole and sucked and self-destructed.

3. Mad Men Footnotes — This site was a case study in the impact of popular culture on our interests and the accessibility of the internet in terms of allowing us to specialize in a specific aspect of it. From discussions on the landscape and the trends of the era to the motives behind the show’s character’s literary choices, MMF’s Natasha Vargas-Cooper let us sit shotgun as we rode through the phenomenon that is Mad Men, not even once mentioning Christina Hendricks’ breasts.

2. lolslater — Most TV shows for teens prior to Y2K are hilarious in terms of the absurdity of the fashions, plotlines, and characters. Saved by the Bell is no exception and thankfully, someone out there is willing to put it on blast. Through episode-breakdowns, humorously sharp musings, and constant (and appropriate) ridicule of the clothing and dialogue, lolslater gives us the serenity to accept that which we cannot change, and to laugh at it in the process.

1. Fuckyeahmenswear — Where the fuck do I even start with this site? Its author is unknown, but I hope in real life he’s single and living decently in a nice loft in Brooklyn, because I will find him and marry him. The premise is simple enough; take the popularity of fuckyeah-preceeded street fashion blogs and satirize it until it crumbles under the weight of its own pretension, but the true brilliance lies in the witty rhetoric, filled with internet idoms, cultural lingo, and words strung together to create almost unreal phrases (see creations like: Get thee wack ass to the steezery.)