|Issue No 40||19 November 1999|
The Best of the Best
By Paul Howes
Once again Channel Nine has out done itself with it's new Ray Martin program "Simply the Best".
Channel Nine describes its new show as "an exciting program that celebrates the greatest movers and shakers, moments and memories of the past 100 years."
The show involves a "panel of experts" who rate the best TV program of the Century (which is inevitably linked to Channel Nine), the best band or singer of the century (could be Johnny Franham or maybe Cold Chisel), or the best movie.
Simply the Best" is about as exciting as the "The Best of Hey Hey its Saturday" but its only one of many programs, articles, books and forums which focus on rating the events and people of the last century and Millennium as we approach December 31, 1999.
So why do we have this fixation on rating and reviewing everything that ever happened?
The New York Times Magazine is currently reviewing the entire millennium in search of the best of everything. Frank Rich a senior writer for New York Times Magazine claims:
"The impulse behind this listing and cataloguing of the best is all too understandable at our particular fin de siecle. We live in a time when the volume of what we know about our universe is more than we can absorb, and among our millennial anxieties is the desperate wish to sort it out. The Asia that The Times barely acknowledged a hundred years ago, as well as all the other non-Western sites on the planet, have long since been annexed to our field of vision in the intervening decades. So have the moon and the atom. And that's not the half of it."
But does any one really care? Is the millennium over rated? There seems to be this expectation that time will stop at midnight December 31 1999 and at 12.01 am on January 1 2001 the world will be a different place hence the need to review and rate all of the events of the past 1000 years. But as everyone knows nothing will change the world will still be here, life will be the same and at the risk of sounding cynical the only difference will be a few computer systems in Azerbaijan will collapse due them not being Y2K compliant.
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