December-January 2014 Fast for Families starts a group hunger strike for immigration reform in front of the US Capital Building.
The Sochi Olympics happened
Kids get to buy pink Ouija boards
Human rights campaign becomes the meme of the year, as marriage equality wins over homophobia.
Looking for synonyms for… tuberculosis?
I started a second blog, ebolastories.wordpress.com to help others hear from ebola survivors in West Africa over the media noise.
Meanwhile, filmmakers in Nigeria release the worse ebola movie imaginable, and spread fear and misinformation while trying to make a buck.
In September 2014, America suddenly freaks out about Ebola. (Twitter activity below)
… and indicts all of Africa.
Africa is huge.
The media does its customary sloppy job of reporting and applauds itself for saying anything about Africa at all. Newspapers continue to count revenue as the only measure of “good journalism.”
NGOs step up when the WHO fails. More than Me in Liberia gives people in West Point Slum, Monrovia hope and respect.
I write a book about ebola, from the local perspective.
Violent extremism rises in Iraq in Syria as ISIS / ISIL becomes a country. And a girl in Pakistan gets the Nobel peace prize for fighting extremism by getting more girls into school
Electric cars finally get respect. Tesla motors gives away hundreds of its patents in order to grow the market of competitors (thereby making e-cars cooler than e-cigarettes)
E-cigs arrive, giving a whole new generation the chance to build their own personal brand of douchebaggery.
Yeah, sure. Let’s start smoking again.
In 2014 millions finally get healthcare because of Obamacare. And a few states successfully deny their citizens access to healthcare (Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Virginia, and Colorado see no gains despite millions of uninsured, while most of New England sees no change because everyone is already insured.)
But 1 in 5 in the South and most of Red State America remains uninsured in 2015.
While wealth inequality remains, some prosperity comes to the Midwest and Northeast but is denied to the South
No long after, in another part of America, Black Lives Matter becomes the mantra.
Google image search for “iconic image” in 2014 reveals this mix:
The Internet is almost 20 years old now, and one browser remains timeless.
Serial becomes a podcast phenomenon.
My family prepares for its first child.