Best of 2009: Word or phrase

A word that encapsulates your year. "2009 was _____."

I can think of many words to sum up 2009. On a pop culture level 2009 was weird and ridiculous, though I'm pretty sure the entire decade could be wrapped up in the words weird and ridiculous. Things happened that made no sense and had no real bearing on our lives and then we talked about them for days and sometimes, months. I kept wondering, "who cares?" about most of it, especially when there were also terrible things happening like unemployment, the continued erosion of civil rights in this country, war and political turmoil happening on a global and local scale.

I suppose, for me, 2009 was about perspective. I was sad when Michael Jackson died but then his death became part of a huge spectacle, which cheapens the loss in a number of ways. And in all honesty, I could care less about celebrity scandals, and affairs. It seems absurd to place so much attention on these people's lives.

It bothers me that as a country we can't shift our perspective and have some honest conversations about how f'ed everything is. We sit at opposite ends of politics and point our fingers and call each other names and achieve very little. It makes me sad, deeply, deeply sad that this is what it's come to.

Without perspective, we are lost and I think 2009 is a testament to that.