Random Thoughts: Steven’s Best (and Worst) of 2017

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Now that we’re into 2018, I figured I’d outline some of my best and worst things of 2017.

Let’s start with the worst, in no particular order:

  • The continued decline in legitimate journalism. While there are still some good sources of news, the race to the bottom continued. Most news organizations are more concerned with being first than they are with being correct. We are partly to blame, with our desire to get quality news without paying for it. Until that changes, I can’t see things getting better.
  • Social media turning into an even worse cesspool of noise. I pretty much filtered out most of my Facebook feed during the 2016 election season, and my feed has gotten so noisy that my social media consumption is down to a trickle.
  • Net neutrality is at risk. This is not good news for anyone.

And the best, also in no particular order:

  • Creeps in business got their due. While the Hollywood scandals got all the attention, I still attribute the tide change to Susan Fowler, whose frank blog post about her experience at Uber shook the male-dominated executive class in technology.
  • Social media seems to be declining. While social media is worse than ever, I have to think that’s also a good thing. Maybe people will find more productive things to spend their time on. Wishful thinking, but I’m hopeful.
  • Toronto’s sports scene is in the middle of a rebirth. Not since 1993 have I had this much interest in the professional sports teams in Toronto. It was so bad for a while that for most of the time that my wife has known me, that she had no inkling that I even enjoyed watching sports. The reason for that was that I didn’t really have anyone to root for. Heck, I’m even happy that the Buffalo Bills finally made it to the playoffs again. Good times.

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