So it’s getting to the end of the year and if you were to take a look back at the headlines of 2015 you could be forgiven for thinking that the whole world is on a steep and slippery descent into chaos, with no hope of things getting better any time soon. However, this is Rad Times, not Sad Times, and we’re here to spread positivity. With that in mind, Twitter recently released their vital statistics for the year, and amongst the hashtags, trolls and celebrity gossip there was a lot of reason to be hopeful this year.
The top 10 most influential moments on twitter are as follows:
- #JeSuisCharlie & #PrayForParis
- #HomeToVote, #LoveWins & #MarriageEquality
- National Elections
- @Caitlyn_Jenner Joins Twitter
Ok so you might be wondering what “most influential moments” means in real terms, and rightly so! It could just be a list curated by Twitter to make us feel good about ourselves. However, according to heads at Twitter, these are the events that received the most engagement in 2015. Twitter didn’t do this, we did. So give yourselves a good old pat on the back.
After the Paris attacks it would have been easy for people to have fallen into the classic pit of ignorant Islamophobia and fear, instead we stood in solidarity and refused to be intimidated. Across the proverbial pond, the Black Lives Matter movement became the focal point for a discussion in America that has been way overdue, whilst legalisation of gay marriage in various countries sparked messages of love and congratulations the world over.
With the rise of parties like UKIP and the tensions around border control and immigration policy increasing, it is heartwarming to see the #RefugeesWelcome hashtag in the top 5. If you missed the whole #IStandWithAhmed story, he was a young kid who brought a homemade clock into school then got arrested after teachers thought it was a bomb in what appeared to be a case of blatant racial profiling. The hashtag once again displayed solidarity with Ahmed and celebrated his creativity and ingenuity.
Twitter may not have existed when the New Horizons spacecraft left earth in 2006 but the whole world came together to watch and discuss as it flew within 7,750 miles of Pluto’s surface and captured these incredible images displaying a newfound global interest and love for science and engineering.
Except for perhaps that infuriating dress, each of those top 10 moments shows humanity’s tendency towards solidarity and our penchant for tolerance and equality. Not only that but the top 10 reveals engagement for events that, up until this year, may not have even shown up on most peoples’ radars, like the Women’s World Cup or the National Elections. I’m gonna go ahead and call that progress.
To be honest there have been several times throughout this year where I’ve just wanted to stop the world and get off, and I’m sure many others have felt the same. In fact the constant barrage of negative news stories was entirely why I decided to start up this blog, to spread a bit of positivity, but this list has provided a bit of hope for me about the future of the world and humanity and I hope it does for you too.
Here’s to a positive 2016. Stay Rad.