We gathered writers and thinkers to consider everything that happened over the past 12 months and asked them: What were the most important events of 2012—and what were the least?
As much as 2011 was filled with noteworthy events, it was also littered with meaninglessly overhyped blips that, try as we might, we shouldn’t forget. We asked our group of writers and thinkers: What was the least important event of 2011?
We gathered writers and thinkers around the world and asked them to sift through the past year of revolutions, deaths, discoveries, and breakthroughs to answer: What was the most important event of 2011?
In May, things got messy. Really messy. Garbage everywhere, and cities and states struggled to figure out a place to stow the trash.
There is a distinct possibility that, within our lifetimes, robots will be everywhere—taking out the trash, day-tripping to Mars, winning the Nobel prize. During the past month, news about robots was frequently amazing and sometimes terrifying.
In March, politicians around the world were campaigning and citizens were wincing. And just like here at home, impropriety was as prevalent as democracy.
In February, the largest beef recall in history capped weeks of speculation about sick cows, then prompted many to wonder where all that meat went off to.
In 2007 news headlines pointed many directions, but rarely long enough at the plague that’s creeping up our doorstep. Here’s the year of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus asureus—aka, the superbug.
The weeks prior to Black Friday were spent preparing for it: learning which gifts could drop your kid into a coma, and which you’d need to beat a fellow shopper senseless to buy.
This October, while you were shopping for fake blood and a glue-on mustache to complete your zombie Tom Selleck costume, others were dressing up and making the news.
This September students headed back to class to absorb knowledge and life skills. Some even found time to work STDs and partners-in-crime into their curricula.
In August, fires large and small swept through homes around the world. And whether dousing flames, solving domestic disputes, or posing shirtless, firefighters were there.