Buckle Your Seatbelts, We’re Going for a Ride: Stories to watch for in 2020
Written By: Amy Littleton, Katherine Kanner, Hauk Nelson and Kelsey Schroeder
We think in terms of stories. Stories that inspire. Stories that educate. And, stories that move us to action. There were plenty of these stories in 2019 – a trade war with China, the Boeing 737 Max, Harry and Meghan’s baby and, of course, Tiger’s green jacket.
The U.S. Presidential Election
Political stories are already at an all-time high. The country is divided – with passionate and vocal supporters on both sides of the aisle, and multiple broadcast and online channels dedicated to politics 24 hours a day. As the 2020 political season takes shape, the presidential election is sure to come with countless stories that make you think, question, laugh and cry.
The unfolding situation in Iran is sure to put a chill in anyone’s spine. Nuff said.
The 2020 Olympics
The highly anticipated Summer Olympics will kick off in Tokyo on July 24. The games have served as the proving ground for international relations, offering a field of play for countries – friends and foes alike – to face off on the foundation of sports neutrality. Disney’s Miracle scored big time at the box office for capitalizing on this setting. With the ever-increasing global political tensions, it’s likely that the 2020 Games could provide the proper content for a riveting sequel.
I know. I too am suffering from Brexit fatigue, but, alas, Brexit will once again be a dominating part of the global news discourse in 2020. The United Kingdom officially withdraws from the European Union on January 31, 2020. With negotiations for the future relationship between the UK and EU set to expire on December 31, 2020, we can expect the break-up (and resulting headache) to continue driving news headlines all year.
The Rollout of 5G
While 5G, the latest in mobile internet connectivity, started rolling out in 2019, 2020 will see millions more gain access to the next generation of connectivity. In an increasingly mobile-first world, countries like China, India and parts of Africa depend on mobile technology for everything from banking to employment. Improved mobile technology will benefit the developing world immensely, and, in the US, will change our entertainment, how we travel, healthcare and much more.
NASA’s Mars 2020 Launch
As climate change and declining global resources continue to be an international political discussion NASA’s anticipated 2020 Mars Launch, currently scheduled for July, will surely capture our attention as humanity continues to look to the stars for signs of life and evaluate the long-term potential for human habitation beyond the planet earth.
So, as we start this new year anticipating a whole new cadre of stories, it’s time to buckle our seatbelts.