WHAT A YEAR

BREXIT, TRUMP, BOWIE AND THE BUDGIE 9, REM­I­NISC­ING WITH CHAR­LIE PICKERING

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - SALLY COATES

It seems 2016 has been a shocker for al­most every­one, what’s your anal­y­sis? Well, I think it’s the year that the world of­fi­cially aban­doned facts as be­ing use­ful when mak­ing big po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sions. I think it’s the year we saw just how much the in­ter­net can screw us up. And it’s a year that we lost some leg­ends, like Bowie, and it re­minded us of a bet­ter time. That said, what a com­edy gold­mine.

Do you think this year has been worse over­all than pre­vi­ous years? I dunno. The plague was bad. World War I, World War II, they were bad. I think we need a lit­tle per­spec­tive. Ev­ery­thing in the in­ter­net age has to be the best or worst to get clicks, but it doesn’t make it so.

Do you think there’s a chance that ev­ery year from here on could be this im­pact­ful? Ab­so­lutely. We live so fast now that we cram five years’ worth of non­sense into a year, so we can ab­so­lutely do this again. We have not yet be­gun to cram a year full of id­iocy!

Is so­cial me­dia just mak­ing things worse? Sure, but at the same time it’s re­ally helped us all have a loud, an­gry opin­ion be­fore we’ve had a chance to think of it. So let’s not write it off com­pletely. In all se­ri­ous­ness, I think his­tory will make us look like idiots for how we’ve car­ried on on so­cial me­dia. Me in­cluded.

2016 is/was year of the mon­key in Chi­nese zo­diac, which is said to be the least lucky year in the cy­cle ... I don’t think that’s a thing. But I don’t want that to be in­ter­preted as a slight against the Chi­nese peo­ple. Just horo­scopes in gen­eral.

Are there pos­i­tive things that hap­pened in 2016 that peo­ple are over­look­ing? Yes, of course. The Olympics and Par­a­lympics were in­cred­i­ble. And we found an old muesli bar in a jacket! What a year!

We’ve pretty much cov­ered the year now ... why should peo­ple tune in? Be­cause the way the world is go­ing, there may not be an­other one ... in all se­ri­ous­ness. The Yearly is the best way to not take all of this se­ri­ous stuff so se­ri­ously.

The Yearly with Char­lie Pickering, De­cem­ber 14, 8.30pm on ABC

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