Pokémon vs Aliens: 2016’s Cultural Milestones

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Pokémon vs Aliens: 2016’s Cultural Milestones

Illustration: Shivali Devalkar


he year 2016 in cultural milestones has been the year that lived out the double-edged Chinese adage, “May you live in interesting times.” These “interesting times” have been captured in the film and literature of this year. Our selection of these cultural events shines a light on the moments that brought home an uncomfortable awareness of who we are and the world we live in.

Black-Mirrored Lives
It’s an age of dual personas, where the reality of our humdrum lives is nipped and tucked into pretty-looking updates on social media. We deserve the best, not because we worked to earn it but because the world seems to be tailored around providing it to us. If anything, from our cabs to our food to the hotels we stay in, is less than optimal we rate it as such. What could possibly go wrong, right?