According to Wikipedia:
"The Zeitgeist (spirit of the age or spirit of the time) is the intellectual fashion or dominant school of thought which typifies and influences the culture of a particular period in time."So here's to 2014 with the hopes that 2015 will be a better year. A year of hope, of peace, of health and prosperity, of greater friendships and greater sharing.
Google's Zeitgeist MOST SEARCHED in 2014:
In 2014 we searched trillions of times. We searched about our hopes and our fears, about science, space and technology. We searched our favorite shows and movies, about sports, the Olympics and the World Cup and searched to come to grips with tragedies. And, we searched to be inspired by dance, music and by the joy of giving. Here's a sweet 90 second glimpse at our searches:
Here are the ranks for the greatest trending topics as searched in Google within the U.S.:
- Robbin Williams
- World Cup
- Ebola (For more see:https://www.google.com/trends/2014/story/ebola.html)
- Malasia Airlines Tragedy
- Flappy Bird
- ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
- ISIS (For more see: https://www.google.com/trends/2014/story/conflict.html)
- How to Airdrop
- How to Contour
- How to Vote
- How to Kiss
- How to Craft
- How to Colorblock
- How to Wakeboard
- How to Refurbish
- How to Delegate
- How to DIY
- Home Depot
- Bank of America
- Wells Fargo
With The Most Searched behind us, now we take a look at BEST IMAGES OF 2014:
TIME has posted their "TIME Picks the Top 10 Photos of 2014" Sadly, they were all depressing (albeit breath taking). Here are a few. Please visit http://time.com/3572139/time-top-10-photos-2014/ for the complete selection.
|Ferguson, Mo. 8/11/2014 taken by Whitney Curtis for The New York Times|
|Aftermath of riots - Hrushevskoho Street, Kiev, Ukraine 1/25/2014 taken by Ross McDonnell|
|Houseboats in California’s Central Valley where the shoreline shows the effects of a months-long drought. This is a drone’s-eye perspective taken by Thomas van Houtryve|
|Photo by Jerome Sessini, Torez, Ukraine, 7/17/2014 - a scene of a man still strapped in his seat from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 "allegedly" shot down in eastern Ukraine by Russia-backed separatists.|
CNN had a somewhat happier collection of "best" images from 2014. Please check out their complete album at http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/05/world/gallery/2014-year-in-pictures/. My favorites:
|Photo by Scott Olson/Getty of ice building up along Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach as temperatures dipped to record lows in Chicago, IL.|
|Aurora Borealis over Mt. Hoffell, Hoffellsjokul Glacier, Iceland (3/9/2014) - image by Arctic-Images/Corbis|
Image by © Arctic-Images/Corbis
Image by © Arctic-Images/Corbis
Image by © Arctic-Images/Corbis
|A Palestinian man and a member of Israel's security forces take pictures of each other after a demonstration in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh (3/14/2014) Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP-Getty Images|
|Dozens of commuters (8/6/2014) in Perth, Australia, work to rescue a man who got his leg trapped between a train and the platform. The passenger was able to wriggle free with their help (cnn.com)|
|Young activist Malala Yousafsai attends an awa Pakistani activist for female education and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai sits before receiving the 2014 World’s Children Prize for the Rights of the Child during an award ceremony at Gripsholm Castle in Mariefred, western Stockholm on October 29, 2014. Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP|
|A couple kiss during a perigee moon, also known as a "supermoon," as it rises in the sky in Sydney. The phenomenon occurs when the moon becomes full on the same day as its perigee -- the point in the moon's orbit when it is closest to Earth. (9/9/2014 found at cnn.com)|
Not to be outclassed, The New York Times has a collection of 100 "Best" photos from 2014. I could not copy or find these images to paste here, but you can check them all out at: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/12/28/sunday-review/2014-year-in-pictures.html?_r=0
The Atlantic has their "2014 year in photos" in three installments:
- 2014: The Year in Photos, January - April
- 2014: The year in Photos, May - August
- 2014: The year in Photos, September - December
|Thousands of Bluebells bloom, carpeting a forest near Halle, South of Brussels, Belgium 4/1/2014. Photo by Yves Logghe/AP|
|Michael Phelps warming up prior to a 50-meter freestyle preliminary at the Arena Grand Prix swim event, Mesa, Arizona 4/25/2014 Photo by Matt York/AP|
|"Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" by artist Paul Cummins, under construction in the Tower of London Moat 9/10/2014. Each of the 88,246 ceramic poppies represents an allied victim of WWI (on its 100th anniversary). Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images.|
Now, onto the BEST INFOGRAPHICS of 2014.
The first contender for "Best" is Travel Hacks by Best Hospitality Degrees. I thought it packed some really cool information and was easy to read. What do you think?
My next choice for "Best" is Your Brain on Beer vs. Coffee by I Love Coffee. Not only is this an age-old question, I loved the colors, the playfulness and the details given. What do you think?
The final contender for "Best" is an interactive infographic "The Existential Calculator" designed by artist Kelli Anderson who was asked by Adobe to "make something interesting." She did - a paper infographic that answers that age-old question: "Should I take that job?" Under the image is a vimeo link showing how it works. [And please check out her blog link here, to learn more about all the decision factors involved: http://kellianderson.com/blog/2013/10/the-existential-calculator/ ] [Note: if you look closely on the blog this was designed in 2013, but I discovered it in 2014 - and just couldn't resist posting it.]
|Link for Kelli Anderson's Existential Calculator - http://vimeo.com/76765078|
BEST YOUTUBE ZEITGEIST 2014
After exploring the above links from Google, here is my choice of "Best" YouTube Zeitgeist 2014 [Note: while not comprehensive, I found it captured much of the year's best and worst.]
Last year I also included the Best Graphic Novels of the year in my Zeitgeist. As this post is so long already, I'll be doing a separate post shortly on the best graphic novels of 2014 and the promise of what's going to be around in 2015. I hope you'll check in for that.
And if you're still with me, and want to see how 2014 compares to 2013, please check out:
A Zeitgiest 2014 versus Zeitgeist 2013 at https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1535525493775623042#editor/target=post;postID=3545338069166267041;onPublishedMenu=posts;onClosedMenu=posts;postNum=1;src=link
As always, thank you for your visit and for your visits in 2014.
I hope you'll leave your favorite 2014 impressions in the comments below, and I look forward to your insights and kind remarks in your 2015 comments.
Finally, I wish you all a happy, healthy and successful 2015.