One Pig Of A Year

[[{"fid":"110707","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_css_class[und]":"_none"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-full _none"}}]]

Montage by British graphic designer Chris Barker

The latest ugly online tantrum by our sociopathic toddler-elect - Best concise response: "You're an awful human being" - marks the perfect end to a perfect shitstorm of a year, from Aleppo to electoral carnage to Bowie/Cohen/Fisher/et al to Istanbul. Alas, given what might be coming, any mindful welcome to a new year has to encompass some dread with hope. So we have both, as do many others. Among some brilliant, brutal, occasionally sanguine videos summarizing the year is Friend Dog Studio's "trailer" for the horror movie of the year, "2016: The Movie," and Tom and Hubert's portrait of an oblivious guy who slept through it. Somehow it all brought to mind Michael Jackson's extraordinary gathering of artists for "We Are The World." A middling song but a buoyant spirit, which is needed now. And those faces! Peace to all. May we stand together.


Never Miss a Beat.

Get our best delivered to your inbox.

 [[{"fid":"110708","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_css_class[und]":"_none"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-default _none"}}]]

A young Carrie Fisher watches her mother perform. Photo by Lawrence Schiller 

[[{"fid":"110709","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_css_class[und]":"_none"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-default _none"}}]]

The sort of thing we will need to be doing in the days to come

This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news outlet. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Won't Exist.

Please select a donation method:

Share This Article