The Story of 2016 as Told in GIFs
Illustration by JuniorSkeptic

The Story of 2016 as Told in GIFs

At least it’s almost over.
01 January 2017, 12:47am

All GIFs by JuniorSkeptic

Yes, 2016 was garbage. It's almost cliché to say it at this point, but here we are staring down the barrel of all this past year has wrought and seizing one last opportunity to say, fuck you 2016. But this time, we're saying it with GIFs.


From the heart-wrenching devastation in Syria to the ongoing police violence against black Americans, and the many terror attacks across the world, this year has offered little escape from the tyranny of humanity. Loss has touched every corner of the globe.

Rise of Fascism

In all the chaos of the year, a swell of anger has risen. Born from fear and misunderstanding and realised in Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, the rise of fascism or white supremacy or the alt-right or whatever you want call it, has marked a year that's seemingly gone from bad to worse.

Fake News

We use journalism to find and share the truth. But when you can't cut through the noise and distinguish the real from the insane, misinformation becomes the guiding principle. This year saw otherwise fringe conspiracies crossover into the mainstream, with #pizzagate resulting in violence and everything surrounding Donald Trump resulting in, well, President Donald Trump.

Celebrity Deaths

Usually when life is this fucked up, we turn to artists to save us. But the icing on 2016's shit cake has been losing our cultural legends, one after the other, in a long year that has yet to end. Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Sharon Jones, Carrie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds—and there's still two more days left!

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