By Jason Snell
December 31, 2018 11:07 AM PT
On the precipice
This is the time of year when those of us who write and talk for a living do a lot of summing up. Lists of bests and favorites. Top stories of the year. The good and the bad and otherwise remarkable from a 12-month span since the last time our planet occupied this particular slot in its orbit around the sun.
It’s often a fun and useful exercise, but I don’t think it’s my favorite part of this time of year. The end of the year is also an opportunity to take a step back, reflect on the big picture, and maybe imagine the possibilities for the coming year. As a generally optimistic person—about technology and most other subjects—I generally hope for the best in the coming year. Time marches on and change is inevitable, and as human beings we are generally predisposed to dislike and resist change, but 2019 is happening whether or not we like it, so we might as well get on board and try to enjoy it where we can.…