How’s this for good tidings: Bernard Keane’s philosophical year-in-review, the rosier outlook for iron ore prices in 2013, how women are making inroads in the boardroom, the greediest corporate men this year, and why uniformed soldiers at Mardi Gras is a big deal. Merry Christmas, folks.
What do we learn? Stories take on a life of their own when they get picked up on Reddit (the first two). Bernard Keane’s year-long series on privacy and online censorship holds intense interest (it helps when the rest of the media doesn’t care). The long list of staff culled at Fairfax is one everyone wanted to read — and many wanted to be on. You probably didn’t even remember Kevin Rudd challenged Julia Gillard for the prime ministership in February, such were the political storms that came after. You loved First Dog on the Moon’s treatments — especially when he wins a Walkley for it. And putting the word “d-ldo” in headlines is bound to drag in the global Google crowd.
And so we end the year the way we started: Gillard is the prime minister but still on the nose; Barack Obama is the US president but still with a daunting agenda to tackle; Malcolm Turnbull is still the most shaggable man in Canberra (really, folks?); everyone has “questions to answer” (including us, probably) but there’s few very good answers; there were important societal shifts in 2012 — Bernard Keane offers an essay-length take today — but you have to look hard for them.
And that’s about as philosophical as we’re going to get on this Christmas Eve, our final edition of 2012. There’s eggnog calling. It’s your engagement — the good, the bad and the ugly — that made us tick in 2012. Come back for more from January 7.