According to a new Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll, 50% of Americans think that 2015 is going to be a better year than 2014. While that is probably the most average statement one could possibly make at the end of any given year, the word AP uses to specifically describe this year? "Meh." How uninspiring and also, yeah, sounds about right.
34% of people think that 2014 was actually better than 2013, 15% reported 2014 was actually worse, and about half of the people thought the difference between 2013 and 2014 was negligible, because who the hell even remembers 2013?! The Robin Thicke-Miley Cyrus Event (their respective 2013 careers and their VMA union) blotted out the entire year, and watching the VMA performance was basically like staring into a solar eclipse. Who wants to remember such a year?
Of course the way Americans remember this year's biggest events fell along political lines. Democrats were more likely to name the deaths of Brown and Garner as the top news story while Republicans named the Islamic State as the most pressing. And everyone stated Ebola was a pretty big news story because Ebola.
As for pop culture? Forgettable. Sure, the elevator footage of Solange wailing on Jay Z actually broke the internet, "Let It Go" and its subsequent covers, parodies and mashups are still making headlines, and something about How I Met Your Mother. But Americans did not find these events anywhere near memorable as the death of Robin Williams, which fair enough. Via AP:
Events rating as forgettable by a majority of Americans include the leak of hacked celebrity photos on Reddit, Ellen DeGeneres's selfie at the Oscars, Taylor Swift going pop, and the marriages of George and Amal Clooney and Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
Honestly, I'm starting to suspect that the people who participated in this poll were people over 50 who have little-to-no exposure to the internet, aka my mother.
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