“Looking forward” to another year is an exercise of optimism over experience. The last few years have ended with expressions of “goodbye and good riddance” including 2007. So why do I stand at the beginning of 2008 and look optimistically toward the coming year? Well if I had been in the prediction business, I would have been hounded out of town with my crystal ball and bag of entrails long ago. There are changes afoot, and I know this time next year I will have been through some. There‘s this for a start which will effect in small or big way everyone I know in the BBC. It has already begun.
Let’s have a few predictions for a laugh.
There will be a Big Brother in the summer – but it will either be the most controversial and sensational or be the worst performing. It will mark the end of the franchise for Channel 4.
Clinton and Obama (as VP candidate) versus McCain and Guilliani (as VP candidate) in US elections.
Social Navigation will be pre-eminent, but towards the end of the year there will be the beginnings of a rethink and search for focus on many sites including Bebo (who will be yet again questioned about their responsibility towards young people – they have taken on a tough territory, I admire them for it) and Facebook, which will have /already has become boring.
Although I have the usual smoking/drinking/exercise new year resolutions, I think I should really try to ensure that I post more on this blog – it could be my only creative outlet by the end of the year.
If you’ve got this far – may I wish a happy and presperous new year to all our reader.