Fortnite and footnotes from 2018

Updated: Dec 17, 2020

Following the media’s year-in-review and forecast traditions, I’ve listed down some important —or not so important — and interesting events in the fields of politics, technology and entertainment that may not have gotten the level of attention they deserved.

In memoriam: We lost “Smokey and the Bandit Star” star Burt Reynolds. We lost Marvel superhero creator Stan Lee, without whom, the biggest cinematic universe would have never happened. Scientist Stephen Hawking, whose huge contributions to physics we can only understand through interpretations by other scientists, died after a long battle with ALS. To the general public, he was mostly known for his synthesized voice.

Handbag designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain left the spotlight forever. Their deaths brought back public discussion on suicide and mental illness.

Human rights. The 20th century finally arrived in Saudi Arabia in 2018 when it allowed women to drive cars in public for the first time.

But the murder of journalist Jamal Kashoggi, and the ensuing coverup, puts the Saudi regime firmly in the one-step-forward, two-steps-back camp, like in the old Paula Abdul song.

In Yemen, a fragile ceasefire took hold in Hodeidah. In Myanmar, we’ve seen the former democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi fall from grace and stripped of many awards. In China, we’ve seen the bizarre global silence of Beijing’s crackdown on its Uighur population.

Discoveries. This past year, researchers found a human jawbone in a cave in Israel suggesting that humans migrated out of Africa 50,000 years earlier than previously thought.

In Sweden,