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Charting 2012’s Top Cultural Obsessions
You can’t talk 2012 without talking GIFs: the year’s cultural superstar, the Oxford American Dictionary’s word of the year, and the means by which the internet shared its obsessions (and we all know the internet really likes to obsess). From the GIF to politics to the apocalypse to Honey Boo Boo, the guys from I Love Charts bring you the year’s top cultural obsessions — in GIF form, of course.
2012 was a year where major issues dominated the global narrative. Mainly we talked about the election and zombies.
This Month In Charts: November
Still recovering from their Thanksgiving food comas, the guys from I Love Charts bring you the month of November, charted.
Yes We Can!
Every four years, people all across America gather together for a ritual rich in metaphor for the American experience. From all walks of life, citizens join ranks with their brothers and sisters to stand in line, battling outdated technology and undisguised voter suppression tactics for the privilege of casting their vote for President of the United States. From their homes, jobs, schools, posts they come and wait. And wait, and wait, and wait …
This Month In Charts: October
Coming to you from New York City, safe and with power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, I Love Charts brings you the month of October, charted.
Red Bull Gives You Wings
October’s most exciting moment was Felix Baumgartner’s record-setting skydive. The stunt was sponsored by Red Bull, previously known mostly for making the energy drink we like to mix with vodka.
Far less exciting than Baumgartner’s jump was the series of presidential debates, which while fodder for many GIFs and grist for the mills of the wonkish, were generally rather drab affairs serving only to infuriate fans of logic and honesty.
Crazy Old Uncle Biden
However, not all the major party debates were boring. The Vice Presidential debate proved to be a battle of personality worth the prime-time slot. Can’t we get these guys a weekly show?
Perhaps the most anticipated debate was Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly’s “Rumble In The Air-Conditioned Auditorium,” an event which pit the Daily Show host and Fox News talking head against each other on the issues of the day. Unfortunately, the most pressing issue of the day proved to be of a technical nature.
The debating this month wasn’t limited to politics. Online, Internet privacy was front and center in the cultural discussion, with the saga following exposed “jailbait” Reddit moderator Michael Burtsch, who had risen to Reddit fame moderating some of the websites seedier sections. Many were outraged when his anonymity was destroyed by Gawker (and Reddit in fact boycotted the piece). The irony, of course: these voices for privacy were the same people who were mute throughout Burtsch’s time as a Reddit celebrity, moderating communities dedicated to posting erotic pictures of underage girls.
(Yet Another) Sign That Print is Dying
One place you might expect to find substantive discussion about matters like Internet privacy — or, you know, Princess Diana’s zombie — is within the pages of Newsweek, though “News” and “week” is set to take on new meaning as the magazine announced plans to go all-digital in 2013. No word yet on how Muslims reacted to the move, though I’m sure if anybody can get to the bottom of it, it will be Newsweek Global — now online!
Brooklyn Gets a Stadium
Don’t cry too hard about the dying art of print, ye hipsters of Brooklyn, for now you have sporting events to attend! Barclay’s Center is fully operational in downtown Brooklyn, set to play host to the Brooklyn Nets and, in 2015, the NY Islanders. Hockey in Brooklyn: where playoff beards are year-round.
The Obligatory Sexy Halloween Chart
For those depressed that the NHL is still locked out, at least there was Halloween to look forward to. Well, until that whole Sandy thing came along. And what better Halloween tradition than shock and outrage over the latest slutty Halloweenwear? It’s almost like we forgot about all the bad jokes from last year. And the year before … and the year before …
Vote Or Die. (No Really: Vote!)
Now, we head into November, a month metonymically linked to our political process. It’s at this time of the year that everybody tells you that no matter what you believe, it’s time to get out and make your voice heard. We won’t buck the trend.
See you in November!
This Month in Charts: September
September brought Americans together with culture, politics, sports, technology, and — as usual — outrage. I Love Charts brings together the most graphable moments of the month.
Dance Like Nobody’s — er, Grandma’s — Watching
I Love Charts started the month on the ground at the DNC, documenting it all for Tumblr’s official Election blog. While in Charlotte, we were struck by how similar the music selection was to another event:
This Month in Charts: August
Men Are From Mars
August kicked off with the successful landing of Mars rover Curiosity. But the even bigger story turned out to be NASA mission lead and dude-with-a-mohawk Bobak Ferdowsi — now known as “Mohawk Guy” — whose rapid fangirling reached such heights that even President Obama weighed in.
Introducing: This Month in Charts
July 2012 brought the heat. We’ve decided to return the favor by bringing the first installment of the hottest new series on the whole internet, This Month in Charts. Brought to you by the folks at I Love Charts.
Starting Off with a Bang
July kicked off with the most explosive of holidays, especially if you happened to be attending the fireworks show in San Diego.