Power to the people: your most shared articles of 2010
Tuesday 14 December 2010
Editors: you name them, we’ve got them. Not just the top one, who writes the witty letter in
i every day; we’ve got deputy editors, assistant editors, executive editors, section editors, production editors, and a dozen more derivations ranging in senility and seniority (and far be it from me to suggest a link between the two).
But while they spend their days sifting through recent events and deciding which are important enough to bring to the attention of you, the reader, it’s increasingly the case that their efforts are supplanted by your own. Sure, you don’t have a frontpage to fill (or hold), or a magazine cover or website section to devote to some issue of burning importance. But what you do have is a Facebook wall or a Twitter account, or a presence on Reddit or Digg, or even a blog or other website of your own. More and more the content of people’s experience of The Independent is not based on what we put on the frontpage, but instead by what sparks an interest in our readers and leads them, in turn, to tell their own readers about it. This list is designed to reflect the stories from this year which have captured your imagination and led you to share it, specifically on social networks and social news sites.
The discrepancy with our daily print edition couldn’t be more pronounced; our most shared article of the last year, a satirical column from the late, great Miles Kington is eight years old. Others represent political movements who rallied behind a piece to make it popular; Johann Hari’s Welcome to Cameron land in particular was seemingly ubiquitous around the twittersphere in the run-up to this year’s general election. But all of the stories share one common thread; excellent writing, and often on a relatively unexplored subject. If you haven’t come across them already, I guarantee you they’re worth the effort to read now. Especially ‘High court hang ups'.
Emergency call 'started off dumb, but got pretty serious'
Britain First criticised for using actress's memory to draw attention to their 'hate-filled home page'
Thought you'd seen it all after the Jeremy Paxman interview?
Greatest mystery about the hit BBC1 show is how it continues to be made at all, writes Grace Dent
"History is violent," says the US Army tank commander Don "Wardaddy" Collier
Striker's four-month ban for biting an opponent expires on Friday
Argentinian scored 'rabona' wonder goal for Tottenham in Europa League – see it here
Isis releases first video showing the stoning of woman accused of committing adultery as her father shouts 'don't call me Dad'
This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
FCKH8: YouTube reinstates provocative anti-sexism video showing young girls swearing
Diwali: What is the festival of lights – and how is it celebrated around the world?
Jimmy Carr's controversial Oscar Pistorius joke goes a bit too far at the Q Awards
- 1 This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
- 2 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 3 Jimmy Carr's controversial Oscar Pistorius joke goes a bit too far at the Q Awards
- 4 Ottawa shootings: Bruce MacKinnon's cartoon is the perfect tribute to soldier Nathan Cirillo
- 5 Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
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