The Best (and Worst) of 2011

In the spirit of the New Year, a post to address the best… and worst… of the past 12 months. TIME put out an article listing the Top 10 Everything of 2011, which includes 54 wide-ranging lists. Here are some of the top notables in selected categories.

TV Ads

  1. Dear Sophie — Google
  2. The Force — Volkswagen
  3. Reply All — Bridgestone

Best Tweets

  1. News of Osama bin Laden’s Death Breaks on Twitter
  2. Gabrielle Giffords Returns to Congress (The #Capitol looks beautiful and I’m honored to be at work tonight. – @Rep_Giffords)
  3. Wael Ghonim on the Egyptian Revolution (Mission accomplished. Thanks to all the brave young Egyptians. – @Ghonim)

Worst Tweets

  1. Anthony Weiner on… Anthony’s ‘Weiner’ (I won’t share that one with you.)
  2. Nir Rosen on Lara Logan (Lara Logan had to outdo Anderson. Where was her buddy McCrystal – @nirrosen)
  3. Gilbert Gottfried on Japan (Japan is really advanced. They don’t go to the beach. The beach comes to them – @realgilbert)

Viral Videos

  1. Rebecca Black, “Friday”
  2. The Homeless Man with the Golden Voice
  3. Volkswagen’s Darth Vader Commercial


  1. Occupy
  2. Winning/Winner
  3. Planking

You might notice that Volkswagen’s Darth Vader commercial made the top three on both the ‘Top 10 TV Ads’ and ‘Top 10 Viral Videos’ lists. In the ad world that is one of the biggest home runs you can hit. (Not to mention the fact that I’m aware of at least one kid who chose his Halloween costume based on that commercial. It seems to appeal to nearly all demographics.)

It’s entertaining to look back at the last year in our culture. Go ahead and take a minute to peruse the other 49 lists. Happy New Year, all!

December 30, 2011 · Posted by in misc  


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