5) The Government To Leave The Internet Alone

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In case you hadn't noticed, the internet was not a fan of SOPA - a bill designed to protect the copyright interests of corporations and the like, but included vague language that would essentially allow the government huge and unheard of powers to do anything they wanted to any part of the internet on a whim. The problem is that it's inevitable.

We've been in a "wild west" phase on the internet for a while now - the sheer vastness of files being transferred anonymously on an hourly basis will attest to that. But the government will get something SOPA-esque passed - it's just a matter of time. In fact, they don't even really need SOPA - the government already more or less does what it wants to on the internet with impunity (see: Dajaz1.com, a site seized by ICE for over a year for, really, no reason at all), a passed bill would just make it all official. And to get that past the internet (mainly Reddit, Anonymous, and the other hives of nerdom online, who were the most vocal in opposition to SOPA), they just need to wear us down. The internet just doesn't have the ability to get worked up over EVERY SINGLE BILL that goes through Congress - eventually one will slip past unnoticed.

Look no further than CISPA - a bill the government insists isn't "the new SOPA," but contains similar vague language that can be interpreted in ways that would allow the government unprecedented powers over the internet, thus making it the new SOPA. There's been outcry, but nothing near the Wikipedia-blackout levels induced by SOPA. There's too much money from lobbyists and political donors at stake for the government to give up on the idea. So enjoy being able to download season 7 of Home Improvement without Uncle Sam looking over your shoulder while it lasts, internet.

4) Kickstarter to Replace the Publisher/Developer Model For Videogames

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With the advent of Tim Schafer's unbelievable "Double Fine Adventure" Kickstarter raising MILLIONS more than its goal, new videogame Kickstarters have been popping up far more often and far more successfully than before. Some have begun to think this might be able to shake up the traditional model of publishers financing and releasing games for developers, and as such, getting to mess with the process. The thought is that a developer funded by fans would be able to make the glorious games they had originally envisioned, before being encumbered by the suits holding the purse strings demanding changes and compromising the product.

The problem? There's very little evidence that this would work beyond the niche, and even less evidence that this would work for developers without the name recognition and nerd-approval held by Tim Schafer. In fact, a lot of Kickstarters now are simply asking for funding to complete a game demo that they can present to publishers or new investors. The sad reality is that most games these days are expensive - incredibly expensive - and there's a lot of money being paid to make them worth that expense. To put it in perspective, Battlefield 3 was reported to have a marketing budget of over $100 million (which it easily made back).

The biggest issue really is that it's very difficult to convince people to pay money for a game that - by the very nature of what you're doing - does not exist yet. There are maybe a handful of developers people would entrust to create a great game with a small amount of money at their disposal. Luckily, Tim Schafer was one of them. Unfortunately, pretty much no one else is.

3) Monty Python To Reunite

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Ignoring the fact that original member Graham Chapman has been deceased for about 20 years now, there's been hope as of late to see Monty Python reunite one last time, given their recent surge in popularity thanks to a very thorough documentary and the success of the broadway show, Spamalot. Unfortunately, that isn't going to happen. Well, not in the way anyone really wants, at least.

Beyond the fact that they are all very, very old at this point, it seems that most of them have "buried" Monty Python in their own minds, and there's enough bad blood between certain members to veto the whole endeavor - things are bad enough between John Cleese and Eric Idle that Idle cut Cleese's voice from the touring production of Spamalot, and the two were taking jabs at each other in interviews and over Twitter (Cleese referred to Idle as "Yoko Idle").

Thankfully, there is a silver lining to this: there's been talk of a semi-reunion, although most of it will be just the voices of the remaining Pythons on a project together (currently titled Absolutely Anything). However, Idle seems to be the only one not signed on yet, and there remains a great deal of doubt whether he would want to jump on board. Then again, when no one expects something, sometimes it comes bursting through the door.

UPDATE: We were wrong. We were so wrong.

 

2) Sci-Fi Shows To Return

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There isn't much in the way of sci-fi on TV today. Really, there's almost nothing on broadcast TV (minus Fringe - which will soon be cancelled - all other shows are typical shows that with only the slightest sci-fi twist, like Person of Interest). The one place where you would expect to find some sci-fi is the Syfy channel (excuse me, chynnyl). However, it probably won't shock you much if I were to tell you that only about 10% of their original programming was sci-fi at all (only 2 shows - Eureka, which is in its last season, and Alphas - qualify).

There are 16 other shows that run on Syfy that are either cheesy reality shows (such as Ghost Hunters), supernatural/fantasy (Being Human and Sanctuary), or wrestling (WRESTLING ON A CHANNEL CALLED SYFY). I guess that's why they changed their name to Syfy - there isn't much interest in sci-fi there. Their last whiff of some really meaningful sci-fi was Battlestar Galactica. Since then, the only real attempts at sci-fi have been failed Battlestar Galactica spin-offs.

This trend is likely to continue - sci-fi shows are expensive (since they typically require additional special effects and more complex sets) and very rarely connect with a wider audience, whereas reality shows are cheap and are doing unbelievably well in ratings. Remember when The History Channel used to air things about history, instead of pawn shop owners and aliens? It's almost as if naming your channel after a genre is a guarantee that will be the only genre that you channel isn't interested in.

1) World Peace / End to World Hunger / Prosperity For All

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Because, c'mon, nerds dream about more than just nerd stuff.