I don’t know about you, but I hated the year 2012. It was pretty damn unsufferable, but maybe 2013 will be worse, but I’ll have to wait another 365 days to find out. Anyhow, this post is about the worst parts of a crappy year. Let the countdown begin.
- The whole SOPA/PIPA business – I’m sure people will remember the whole ugly business with SOPA/PIPA legislation. Basically, America wanted to pass a law that allowed internet censorship as a means of preventing copyright infringement. Needless to say, everyone hated it, and only big corporations would support it. What do I hate about it? Wikipedia blacked out it’s English website in protest. That meant that for one whole day, I couldn’t get top quality information for me to use in school (yes, 2012 was my last year in sixth form). I appreciate
- My 4th art brief – I did Art as an A-level course between 2010 and 2012. In Year 13, my Art course began turning into a hellhole. Why? In 2011, I got given the “what is art?” brief. I myself don’t care what defines art, but in order to even pass, I had to care. When I finished that brief in January, I was relieved. But even harder was the task of deciding what to do for the fourth art brief. I decided to do it on food. The problem with that is that I had no idea what to do from the beginning, and I had until March 26 to prepare for it. The end result is what I myself am not proud of; a tacky, rushed, and barely thought through project that couldn’t even use to make fun of Jamie Oliver. It set my Art grade back from B to C.
- Kony 2012 – Dear God, what were they thinking? If you’ve never heard of it (which is unlikely to say the least), Kony 2012 is a video by the Invisible Children group, which aimed to get people to take action against Ugandan warlord Joesph Kony. The problem with that is that he hasn’t been an issue since 2006. Not to mention that Invisible Children is notorious for oversimplifying events, and even manipulating facts in order to brainwash naive, Facebook-era teens into their miserable little cause. The worst part is that celebrities have been getting on the Kony bandwagon, once again trying to prove their “moral superiority”.
- Expectations, expectations – After having turned 18, a whirlwind of expectations were created. College, “growing up”, alcohol, you name it. It was as though, culturally speaking, I had to enter adulthood overnight. In the end, I didn’t. But what I did do was reflect on how the transition to adulthood would, if unchecked, mean the slow decay of everything I was in childhood, and I didn’t even have all the answers I was looking for just yet.
- Family Guy’s 10th Season – On May 20, Family Guy’s 10th season began airing on BBC Three in the UK. What’s so bad about it? Everything that could possible be bad about. I already talked about Family Guy at the start of this month, but I want to give a brief summary of what I thought of season 10. The episodes were painfully unfunny, and one of them just proved once and for all that Meg is not taken seriously at all, and that there are no plans to take her seriously as a character. Shock tactics are abundant in season 10, and it’s the first season of Family Guy that was utter garbage.
- The Diamond Jubilee – Never have I seen such a mindless display of UK patriotism, worshiping such a pointless icon. The BBC wouldn’t stop shoving their Diamond Jubilee crap down the nation’s throat, and I didn’t even like it. Did I worship the Queen on June 4? Hell no, I was revising for my ICT A-level, something that was a much better use of my time, painful though it may be.
- The freaking Olympics – Oh crap! I couldn’t stand the Olympics. It also meant that there was nothing good on TV for 2 weeks. Oh, and lets not forget one thing: Everyone in London was forced to be mindlessly patriotic as London temporarily devolved into a police state. In all the hype, nobody ever talked about the negative aspects of the Olympics. For example, when Greece hosted the 2004 Olympics, what happened after a few years? Their economy collapsed, and you can plainly see what happened then. Of course, other factors are to blame but that is beside the point.
- The rise of Gangnam Style – In August, the PSY pop song Gangnam Style went viral, and has since come to break the record of highest views on YouTube ever. It’s bad because the song is terrible. It’s not even music, it’s stupid, it’s annoying, and it’s popularity is a sign that all culture as we know it is on the verge of total, memetic decay. This is made even worse because politicians everywhere are trying to imitate the dance moves associated with the song (which themselves have become a cultural phenomenon), and the song makes a crapload of money as it stands.
- The Valleys – As if MTV hasn’t had enough of the “tanned skank” reality TV shows (Jersey Shore and Geordie Shore), they somehow thought it would be a good idea to make another one, this one in Wales. On September 25, The Valleys was launched. I’ve never watched it, because I knew right from the beginning that it would be extremely awful. Everyone I knew hated it (at least in college), and it was just a carbon copy of Geordie Shore, witch itself was a copy of Jersey Shore. This one, however, bore the risk of ruining Wales’ image. As someone born in South Wales, does anyone know how offended I would be? The idea was outrageous, and shows like these, should be banned because they damage the reputation of the areas they’re set in, and they contribute to the decay of culture.
- The US presidential campaign – I live in the UK, but I get all the information I’d ever need on this subject. Basically, all it consisted of was just mindless aggression from one side and the other, and none of it is ever constructive criticism. If aliens came to visit America during the election campaign, they’d probably shrivel in disgust (and terror if they’re that peaceful). It’s not as though Mitt Romney was a good choice for Republican nominee, he couldn’t even tell his story, let alone keep it straight. It’s things like this that make my abandon all ideology as a whole.
- The release of Call of Duty: Black Ops II – I’ve never played any Call of Duty game, but I know what I hate. The hype surrounding Call of Duty: Black Ops II says a lot about how gaming culture has devolved into what it is now. It’s basically the same, in principle, as the other Call of Duty games, and the reviews are so artificial, that I worry that Activision might have evil ambitions to control industry.
- The so-called “Mayan apocalypse” (and how it never happened) – I’ve already talked about the 2012 phenomenon, and how all apocalypse predictions are actually fake. But there is one thing I would like to add. On May 12, a missing piece of the Mayan calendar was discovered, and it proved that the Mayans never believed that the world would end on December 21, 2012. But then why were people still preaching on about it, in the face of incriminating evidence? It doesn’t matter, because the world didn’t end 10 days ago, and it certainly won’t end within our lifetimes.
In conclusion, as far as culture was concerned, 2012 was a pretty crappy year. Before I bid you adieu for tonight, let me list the cultural atrocities I forgot to list today:
- The Total Recall remake
- South Park season 16
- Lady Gaga and Julian Assange in the Simpsons
- John Carter
- Disney purchasing LucasFilms
- David Cameron pretending to care about every freaking global issue
- Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
- Every song in the “Take Me Home” album by 1Direction
- James Arthur
- Helen Flanagan
- Windows 8
- iPad 3
- The Sun on Sunday
- The Simpsons season 23
- Everything involving the 2012 phenomenon
- Little Mix
- “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jespen
- “Starships” by Nicki Minaj
What a crappy year this was. Will 2013 by any better? I sure freaking hope so! For SMAGIC, it will certainly be better, with more topics, and more hits.
Happy New Year everyone!