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The 2008 Image Index: Britney Spears

Image is a slippery creature, and one month’s style sensation is the next month’s tasteless trend. For those keeping score, we offer the 2008 Image Index, a sliding scale of the people, places, ideas and trends that moved up — and down — the pop culture barometer this year. — The Image... Peter Kramer / Associated Press