What a year this has been. I don't think it would be hyperbolic to say that 2010 has been the most momentous and exciting year since the dawn of time. A year in which ruction and discord ruled the political landscape, in which the least interesting election in living memory unexpectedly led to an intriguing new paradigm, which quickly became the least interesting intriguing new paradigm in living memory. A year in which the media itself came under an increasingly intense spotlight, as the ways in which we consume news continued to change, anonymous bloggers continued to abuse their vast, unfettered power with ever-increasing malevolence, and newspaper editors everywhere continued to puzzle over how to get Twitter on their fax machines.

The year was marked by heroic triumphs of the human spirit -- the Australian media’s successful attempt to appear interested in the Commonwealth Games -- and by demonstrations of the depths of human depravity -- Jessica Watson’s publicist; both by displays of the mighty power of the natural world -- the eruption of Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull, or in English, "Eyeful of Jokulls" -- and by illustrations of how the natural world is pretty crap -- Justin Bieber.