14 Reasons List Posts Are Bad

Responding to a Twitter exchange this morning, Jay Canono lists “Fourteen reasons I hate list posts.”  Several of his reasons are valid.

The genre is popular for understandable reasons and they can in fact (contrary to objection #6) sometimes produce very interesting debates in the comments sections.  But the posts themselves are seldom very illuminating.

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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.