Honestly, this year was very hard to remember. It seems like every day was a decade. Time was simultaneously at a standstill and moving at a blistering pace. This year was a lot and much of it happened on the internet. Highlights: 2020 in pictures, memes, TikTok, songs, longform writing and journalism, TV shows, movies, and weird websites.
Pick of the List: I don’t have a pick of this list, but I find it interesting (and very New York Times) that it focused mostly on tragedy or what appears as tragedy—even in images of “jubilant celebrations” people look devastated—and not the small moments of joy many of us have had to find for ourselves this year.
What’s Missing: Memes! (Or any online content.) Considering that most of us spent much of 2020 online, this curated timeline of photos took great effort to seemingly negate that. Yes, there are some images of people on their laptops or on screens, but the photograph makes it exceedingly clear that the images were taken in the analog world of digital space, and not generated in the digital space itself. This curatorial decision felt very different from the way I experienced 2020.