"I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use -- silence, exile, and cunning." -- James Joyce
I wouldn't blame that on socialism. The Village Voice is a template for a lot of "alternative" newspapers across the country and, in fact, owns quite a few of them. All have similar "best of" competitions involving a mix of readers' polls and reviewer opinions. Restaurants thus "awarded" often use the citations in the advertisements they buy. So a proper interpretation would be, "Make sure there are enough categories so all your advertisers can win!" Which is just good business, really.
Ah, you've run rings round me logically!By the way, PUCK is at the publishers.