Freelance writer – creative – media-maker
2009 is nearly over and what a year it has been. Before we hand ourselves over to the New Year, I thought it might be nice to share my top 5 moments of 2009 with you.
I put together my list as part of this week’s cover story on Trespass Magazine, which you can find here. This article features other ‘top 5 moments’ from the editors and some of the writing team at Trespass Mag, and they make for a thoroughly interesting read. I encourage you wholeheartedly to comment on the article with your own top 5 moments. Without further ado, here’s my section of the article for your reading pleasure.
My Top 5 Moments:
It was a tough process attempting to distil a year of celebrity deaths, bankruptcy, natural disasters and general lunacy into five defining moments. Instead of trying to objectively sort the events into some sort of a list or method, I opted for a more intuitive approach. Below are the moments that most thoroughly astounded, wowed or shocked me this year.
Global Financial Crisis
The big, bad and the ugly all rolled into one. Christmas is hard enough on the pockets as it is, but this year the GFC cast a gloomy shadow over the holiday season for many families the world over. Hopefully 2010 will take us out of financial doldrums, having made us all a little wiser for it.
The Inauguration of Barack Obama
Yes we can! Obama’s rise to power brought hope for a better, more progressive future and ushered in a new era for the Democrats in the States. Though his acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize and his administration’s health bill caused controversy this year, the President’s true legacy remains an open book.
Wacko Jacko’s sudden death ushered in a state of mourning across the globe. Fans grieved, the media profited and Jackson’s doctor became the world’s most hated man overnight.
The vampish successor to the immensely popular Harry Potter series arrived with a bang in 2005 and teenage girls around the globe have been calling themselves ‘Team Edward’ and ‘Team Jacob’ ever since. Though terribly written and strapped to a movie series containing some criminally bad acting, this complicated love story centring on teenager Bella Swan and her vampire boyfriend Edward Cullen can count 2009 as its most successful year to date.
The Tiger Woods Scandal
From family man to serial adulterer, the golfer’s squeaky clean image finally fell into the hole he created for himself. Wood’s downfall serves as a warning to anyone in the public eye – your private life is not out of bounds as far as the media is concerned, and if you’re a cheater, be prepared to face your woman’s wrath.