We also said goodbye to the likes of Abe Vigoda and John Glenn and Umberto Eco and
It was like The Great Hand-off. So many people who shaped news, entertainment and politics for the past 40-plus years are gone. They left it for us to figure it out. I don't have a lot of hope, but am hoping to be proven wrong on that.
We also said goodbye to too many people shot by toddlers, because the "gun rights" people and the "gun control" people are too stubborn to talk to each other about gun safety.
We learned nothing about police-community relations.
Zika was a thing for a minute. And that's a scary thing that gives babies tiny heads. Remember Zika? Yeah, that was this year, and you totally didn't even think about it when you thought of 2016.
Some of my favorite posts from the year (read: these took a lot of work and I haven't linked to them yet):
• Lessons in leadership from Jocko Willink: Extreme Ownership and beyond
• Election reform and the evolving myth of Two Americas (hint: there aren't just two)
• What's the way out? Research in media, racism and lobotomies
• The truth about media bias and what you should consider when listening to criticism of media
• Unbiased vs. objective: The real role of media
What's ahead for 2017
I'm a little afraid for the world right now. I fear empowered white nationalists following both a Brexit vote and a Trump election. I fear we don't understand context and that our memories are too short. I fear that we're choosing teams, protecting our tribes and forgetting that we're one species.
But I'm also optimistic. People have a good habit of surprising me sometimes. So, here's to 2017.