I don’t see how the top40 would be an online place for “opinion/discusion/unification”. it’s mostly just about some juggling communities/friends voting themselves. The votings usually go in packs. There’s the “DOCH/Nordic pack”, the “British Pack”, the “Jewish pack”, the “Mexican Pack”, the “Flow Pack”. etc
There is very little representation of southern Europe Jugglers, since they mostly don’t speak english, and the top 40 probably doesn’t appear on their youtube feed, nor are they connected with the anglosaxon juggling communities, which are the ones who usually promote and feel so excited about this particular juggling pageant.
It’s awkward to see how so many jugglers work on videos just for posting them before the votings start. It feels like a potlitical campaign. Last year (or maybe two years ago), Jorge Vilchis went on an agressive campaign to promote himself for the top40, posting videos nonstop everyday on every facebook group there is, begging out loud for people to vote him. and then thanking personally and pubicly to everyone that voted him, and it worked!!, He made it to the list, and I can’t think of anything so far away from the way I feel about juggling.
Luke puts an amazing work and effort every year on creating the most amusing/creative video posible, and I always enjoy watching it, but lately I’ve noticed so many jugglers making demands or criticizing Luke for meaningless details, like they were entitled to…
Some say it’s a good way to get to know new jugglers, since you always check out on some guy you liked and never seen before, But I actually feel like it works the oposite way. Half of the jugglers are just there because they were there the year/s before (like Eric Longequel: it always amazes me why he’s the only one from Cia Ea Eo who apears on the list on and on…). and many of the new entrances are just friends of popular jugglers who were already on the list (and I’m not stating in any way that they don’t have merits as jugglers, just that the way to the list usually goes through nepotism.