As we head into the final weeks of 2017, the inevitable nostalgia for six to 11 months ago is engulfing the pop culture universe. But amid all the best-of lists and greatest-moments roundups, we tend to forget the other side of the coin — the “how did this get made, and why did we suffer through it?” memes, moments, and movies that made our jobs harder and our lives sadder. Here, we asked our staff: what in the cultural world made you question humanity in 2017?

Fake news

Is there a word for the peculiar synesthesia that makes a written phrase sound like nails on a chalkboard? “Fake news” was that phrase in 2017. It was originally, and somewhat reasonably, used to describe amoral pseudo-news sites that fabricated stories for viral social…

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