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Dear friends,

(As far as trend stories go, this should have been an easy one. That advances in technology are allowing more people to customize and produce their own media is inarguable, and some of the results are truly impressive. Rather than seeking out great examples, the magazine chose to highlight mostly the weird and embarrassing. Why?)

I think "this" in the first sentence refers to "Time choosing You as the Person of 2006". But I still don't quite understand the first sentence.

1)Does "as far as ... go" mean "as far as ... is concerned"?

2)What does "this should have been an easy one" mean, esp. "easy one"?
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I'd suggest to look for your idioms here first:

http://www.answers.com/topic/as-far-as-that-goes

easy one - something easy to do
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They use this to show that actually it wasn't an easy story.
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AnonymousDear friends,

(As far as trend stories go, this should have been an easy one. That advances in technology are allowing more people to customize and produce their own media is inarguable, and some of the results are truly impressive. Rather than seeking out great examples, the magazine chose to highlight mostly the weird and embarrassing. Why?)

Why does the author use a subjunctive mood ("should have been")?

Thank you a lot.

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>2)What does "this should have been an easy one" mean, esp. "easy one"?

This had been initially expected to be an easy thing to do, but it proved itself not to be so.
This was initially expected to be an easy thing to do, but it proved itself not to be so.