2016 was a weird year for everyone. Even if you ignore the absurdity of US presidential election, and the festering sore that helped bring its outcome to fruition, things were strange. Amid almost daily acts of violence, protests, and a faltering economy, it wasn’t out of the ordinary to feel like none of it was happening. Why did 2016 suck so much? Aside from the tragic 2016 celebrity deaths that you could set your watch to, everything else feels like a blur.
Trying to describe what happened in 2016 feels like trying to describe a dream moments after you wake up. The events dissipate from your head even though, as they were happening, they felt very real. But why was 2016 weird? Was there a catalyst for all of these strange events? Or as a society are we so disconnected that even the most horrific of events seem like they’re happening through a thick layer of amber?
One of the clues for understanding what went wrong in 2016 could be the fact that everyone was so caught up in nostalgia for the recent past. Television and film revivals were a huge part of 2016, so maybe it’s our willful adherence to embracing a past we remember as being better than it was that made our present so bizarre. There’s really not one answer for why 2016 tipped humanity into absurdity, rather it’s likely that a combination of influences turned the world into a place that is infinitely out of step with what we once knew.
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