Reviewing 2016: Hindsight is 20/20

Reviewing 2016 makes sense since this is the first week of 2017.  What a year was 2016!  We took the good with the bad – those are the facts of life…and, we played the hand we were dealt in 2016.  If we look back in ten years, how did we fare?

  1. US political campaign. After one of the most contentious presidential elections in US history, we have a new President-Elect, Donald Trump, who will take office in a few days. His cabinet is selected and is Tweets are still making history.  The crowd favorite and winner of the popular vote, Hillary Clinton, lost the election.  Last year, at this same time, I did not imagine that they would elect a self-made businessman as President. We now have more fodder for the late night news and comedy shows!
  2. M&A activity increased. ADT was acquired by Protection 1.  Starwood to buy Marriott International.  Microsoft had an over-the-top deal to acquire business social media site LinkedIn for $26.2 billion.  Lexmark International, the printer manufacturer and supplier of print and document management applications, was acquired by investors led by Apex Technology, a China-based inkjet and laser printer hardware make.  IBM To buy Salesforce.com Channel Superstar Bluewolf.  2016 was the year for big M&A deals.
  3. In memorium of some our brightest people. Andy Grove, who as Intel’s third employee, director of engineering and became Intel’s president and CEO, died at 79. We also lost some of our key figures in entertainment and politics such as David Bowie, Prince, and Fidel Castro.  December gave us the passing of Carrie Fisher and George Michael.
  4. Russian hacking. There were accusations floating that there were Kremlin-sponsored or Kremlin-directed attacks on the Democratic National Committee servers as well as of hacking into US company computers. There was even an investigation into whether or not they played a part in the US elections by fixing the US voter poll – this is the first time a foreign country was accused of this level of hacking.
  5. Brexit. Per The Interpreter, the name Brexit is the nickname for a British exit of the European Union after the June 23 referendum asking voters: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?  Advocates for leaving the EU argued that they need to in order to protect the country’s identity and culture, which is an opposition to immigration.  Non-advocates felt they needed to stay as there would be grave economic consequences to leaving.  The British voted to leave the European Union.  A few days later, the Prime Minister resigned.
  6. Fake news – Making up the news was big business in 2016. The biggest fake news story that was repeated on ABCNEWS.com.co was that President Obama banned reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in schools.  com.co is a fake site made to look like ABC News that scored six hits in the top 50 fake news stories. Most of the fake news were about politics.

We got our news on the internet more than ever.  Every news station has a website that gives up-to-the-minute information that makes reviewing 2016 very easy.  Why are we surprised that some of that news is being made up to get ratings or simply for money?  It was disappointing that I could not find much good news in 2016 as all the top stories were very negative.  My wish for 2017 is that good news gets reported as much as the bad ones.