Thursday, December 24, 2009

Nonpopulist Year-In-Review: 2009

What? A Christmas Eve post? Yahoo! did an excellent video recapping 2009, and it inspired me to do a cheap imitation. The first post of the Nonpopulist Year-In-Review on politics can be found here. This review segment is on the summer of 2009 which will forever be known as the summer of celebrity deaths. We saw the gamut of figures pass away from sports to political figures to pop culture icons. Walter Cronkite, Farrah Fawcett, Patrick Swayze, Steve McNair, Robert McNamara, Michael Jackson, Ed McMahon, David Caradine, Billy Mays, John Hughes, Les Paul, and Robert Novak all met their end this summer. Some theorize that we will see more periods like this and at an even greater rate since our society now basically microwaves celebrities and eats them like popcorn. Most of that list are well established public figures with the exception of Billy Mays, and I doubt we will all be affected and stop working to watch the funeral of the person that sang "Chocolate Rain" on Youtube.
Here is that cool video Yahoo! did after the jump...

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