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Old 12-23-2009, 10:33 AM
 
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Did you guys just miss the last 10 years? Here are some of the big things that happened:

The 2000 election
The Dot-Com Bubble Burst
9/11
The Afghanistan War
The Iraq War
Abu Ghraib
GITMO
The rise AND fall of Dubai
The rise of China to near super power status
Hurricane Katrina and the near destruction of New Orleans
The election of Barack Obama
The Indian Ocean Tsunami
Globalization of the service industry
The DC Sniper
The VT Massacre
The Madrid, London, Bali and Mumbai Bombings (all of which had huge political consequences)
The Mars rover landings
The Columbia Tragedy
SpaceShipOne
The Death of Analog Television
Multi-Core Processors
Fidel Castro's retirement
The current "recession" (nothing like it since the Great Depression)
The solidification of the 24 hour news cycle
Ubiquitous Cell Phone usage (I'm sure some of you guys have never even used a pay phone)
Ubiquitous high speed and wireless broadband access in the United States (no small thing, try using this or any site on 56k)
Ubiquitous world wide communications anywhere
Mega Online Communities


This isn't everything, but as you can see this decade has probably been the most life altering in recent memory. While it is true the seeds for this decade were sown in the 90s and the preceding year/decades, those things that did not originate in the 00s came to fruition in the 00s. You have to have a sense of history to see it all in context though.

Just imagine going back in time to 1999 and telling your mirror self about 9/11, Katrina, the wars, the economic crisis, and the fact that we have a black president and you'd probably laugh at yourself or take yourself to the funny farm.

I think that when we look back on this decade years from now we will say that these were the times, in the words of Hunter H. Thompson, when we saw where the high-watermark finally break. The only equal decades in American history to the 2000s in terms of the profound political, economic and social change are the 1770s, 1830s, 1860s, 1890s, and the 1920 through the 1970s. The 1980s and 90s were a cake walk for the most part historically.

The world that was in the 2000s will shape the rest of the century. It will be a long time before most of us realize that however.
I agree with you 100%!
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Old 12-23-2009, 05:48 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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I don't think you understand what there saying. Sure, those things were around, but they were not nearly as mainstream or apart of our daily lives as they became this decade. Going green in the 70s? Sure, maybe a little. But it had been dead since then. Now its a whole different ball game. Here in Mpls, most of the buses now all say "GO GREENER" on the side in huge letters. Its not just hippies now. Ipods? No. Netflix? No. All things of this decade. TV SCREENS? Are you kidding? Plasma screens in the 80s? Is that a joke?
dunno bout that, tell that to people in tech industry or just general computer enthusiasts or as for green stuff, places like california, who is generally ahead of the rest of the country, no i'm not kidding... We had a 50+" screen plus a projection tv in the 80s...certainly not plasma, but it said big screen tvs... they were pretty commonplace for a long time.
i had a big mp3 collection in 1996, and had a portable mp3 player in 1998...
So it was a part of *my* life and many others then... but sure it wasn't mainstream.
screw an ipod, apple as usual is ALWAYS late to the game, they are hardly innovative, though they do have awesome ui's.

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Old 12-23-2009, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Florida
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dunno bout that, tellthat to people in tech industry or places like california, no i'm not kidding... We had a 50+" screen plus a projection tv in the 80s...
But they weren't everyday house hold items like they are now. For the most part in the 80s everyone had giant box TVs. Yea some had big screens but they weren't LCD flat screen 60in TVs. Just face the facts, bigger flatter high quality picture TV's were a thing of the 00's

TV's like this were common in the 80's:

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.switched....evision80s.jpg

These were common in the 90's:

http://www.qsafety.com/ProductImages...REEN%20(B).gif

And these became common in the 00's:

http://www.hometheatermag.com/images...wiremold.1.jpg




idk about you but i think the biggest change for common house hold TVs occurred in the 00s.

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Old 12-23-2009, 06:14 PM
 
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I nominate the iphone.

The iphone really changed everything. From it I can access apps, blogs, GPS, facebook, connectivity, dating, google, information overload, instant gratification, youtube, wiki, twitter, sexting, texting, and it's an ipod, camera, and cellphone.

That's 17 of the 50 "life changers", all in the palm of your hand. That's pretty crazy.
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Old 12-23-2009, 06:32 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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heres my top 10 things that effected my life:

quad core processors
solid state hard drives
3g networks
pluto not a planet anymore
large hadron collider going live
patriot acts I and II
drone aircraft
ota broadcast in 1080i, end of analog
subprime loans
skyrocketing tuition
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Old 01-08-2010, 07:29 PM
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Location: a van down by the river
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The people seem to agree.

Public Looks Back at Worst Decade in 50 Years - Pew Research Center

Still this decade did see some improvements. I believe India has much less poverty than it did in 2000. Indonesia is freer and more developed than in 2000. There was the completion of the Human Genome Project, Roomba, the discovery of most of the "Super-Earths", and a sharp decline in measles-related deaths. (From an estimated 873,000 in 1999 to an estimated 164,000 in 2008)
and north america has more poverty, thats progress!
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Old 01-08-2010, 09:50 PM
 
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Rookie Mistake. You say that now, but only cause were still in the decade, lol.
Okay, well since the decade has ended I'll say it again.

The 2000s sucked.

The 80's and 90's, in my mind, were much more fulfilling decades. As others have pointed out, nearly all of our current gadgets existed in preceding decades, and other than being able to enterain ourselves in a waiting room and keep it on our persons, having a phone hasn't dramatically changed our lives. And why should it? The concept of a phone has existed for 130 years!

It doesn't matter how many cell phones and flat screens we can manufacture...irrelevant. Doesn't change the fact that this decade has brought us awful presidents, a crappy economy, high gas prices, terrorism, etc.
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Okay, well since the decade has ended I'll say it again.

The 2000s sucked.

The 80's and 90's, in my mind, were much more fulfilling decades. As others have pointed out, nearly all of our current gadgets existed in preceding decades, and other than being able to enterain ourselves in a waiting room and keep it on our persons, having a phone hasn't dramatically changed our lives. And why should it? The concept of a phone has existed for 130 years!

It doesn't matter how many cell phones and flat screens we can manufacture...irrelevant. Doesn't change the fact that this decade has brought us awful presidents, a crappy economy, high gas prices, terrorism, etc.
are you serious? It doesn't take a genius to know that technology has/is still changing the world dramatically.
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Southeast Arizona
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Lets see,

9/11
Afgan War
Iraq War
MP3
DC Sniper
Columbia disaster
"Mission Accomplished"
iPod
Music downloads
further miniturization of cell phones
expanded use of cell phones (come on Kindergarteners have cell's these days!)
Glam Rap
Guitar Hero
Abu Gharib
Hurricane Katrina
Chaos and destruction in New Orleans following Katrina
Borat
Myspace
Facebook
PS3
Wii
Shoe bombs
Shoe throwers
Obama
Panty bomber

Yeah, the 00s SUCKED.
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