2010 was a year of the unexpected. Who would have imagined journalism would change dramatically because of a website? Dramatic upheavals and unexpected trends in society, culture and technology stomped on predictions and analysis with glee.
So how will tumultuous 2010 affect the coming year? Should we be optimistic or cautious? What do we make of the changes?
This special New Year issue of ‘Lounge’ tries to answer these questions.
From the right to education Bill to the world’s largest cricket extravaganza, experts preview and decode the events likely to shape the year. Some changes are obvious—cheap mobile phones fuelling a new handset revolution; a resurgent independent music scene becoming commercially viable. Others are more subtle: How will WikiLeaks alter the way we think about democracy, governance and transparency? Or how can a minor change in copyright law upend the publishing business?
And there are the shifting priorities of everyday life. We tell you how to keep your New Year resolutions and, on the off-chance that the Mayans were right, how to prepare for the end of the world.