The best of…. tagsmith.org

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Simpsons 138th
Troy McClure on the The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular

Too often when bands or TV shows have reached a certain pinnacle, they step back, take a look at what they’ve accomplished, and “mail-in” an episode or an album on the hopes that they’ll fill, I don’t know, minimum requirements for contracts, seasons, or just because they can. In television, it’s called the clip show – where they throw together highlights from previous episodes (my personal favorite, of course being the The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular, band it together with a narrow strip of storyline, and call it “new”. Just about every TV show of any real duration has done it, so that makes it ok, right?

The music equivalent, of course, is the “Best of…” or “Greatest Hits” album. ( Imagine my surprise to see that Wikipedia takes the time to clarify the difference between a “Best Of” album and a “Greatest Hits” one… hmm). The implication, of course, is that they’ve had some time to, you know, have actually made hits? (see the humorous breakout in the Wikipedia article about “The Best of Hilary Duff”… I kill me!)

So, in the spirit of the time (and because I haven’t finished my Web 2.0 Expo NY post yet) and still, giving people what they want (or at least think is above mediocre) I present to you the “Best of…. tagsmith.org”, a selection of posts to get to know this blog by. Hope you enjoy.