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    Quote Originally Posted by Litvyak View Post
    I'm surprised to see that I agree with Victor on this one.

    Still not sure what happened
    Seriously, Victor's the only one who's really offered much of a valuable response.

    Oakysage, too (but his was short).

    Quote Originally Posted by Litvyak View Post
    2000-2010 was about the challengers of America and the ultimate failure of the idea of a unipolar world led by the US (Fukuyama).
    This is very close to the truth, but just slightly misses at the end.

    It wasn't the failure of the idea of a unipolar world led by the US, so much as the obsolescence of that reality.

    That was the reality of the 1990s. It no longer is today. The shift occurred during 2000-2010.

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    oh... and the perfect word to sum it up... disillusionment
    “Oh, we're always alright. You remember that. We happen to other people.” -Terry Pratchett

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oakysage View Post
    Hmmm, Im not so sure. I would have guessed that the population of people using internet in the 90s wouldn't compare to the population using it in 2004.
    And you would be correct, oaky.

    Ajblaise and synapse were straight wrong on this one.

    The 90s saw the birth of the internet. The 2000s saw it take hold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YourLocalJesus View Post
    It was about American imperialism, and how it killed itself with over-spending.
    How the world grew increasingly weary of the self-appointed world police and its huge economic influence.
    How the great war machine devoured more money than the countries involved could make.

    How China started to grow and develop. The first steps to replacing the beast in the West. Hopefully it will not bring about a World War, only a declining importance and strength of the U.S.

    That was the political part. Mentally, it has been a stressful period.
    The society is moving way too fast to be natural or healthy.
    Norms and morals have continued to weaken a lot, letting in all sorts of bad crap calling it human progress.
    The last couple of years saw huge unemployment, and it wrecked many families and individual lives.

    Technology has been booming like seldom or ever before.
    Information is now much more widely available than in previous times.
    On the other hand, there is a growing trend of embracing ignorance as a positive thing;
    succumbing to the TV-zombie mentality.
    Reading books seems to be a somewhat forgotten pastime, nowadays.
    This was good, too.

    Maybe better than Victor's.

    Hard to tell cuz of difference in style.

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    Celebrities (for the most part that are famous for being famous)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zarathustra View Post
    And you would be correct, oaky.

    Ajblaise and synapse were straight wrong on this one.

    The 90s saw the birth of the internet. The 2000s saw it take hold.
    It had already taken hold, had a giant economic bubble, and crashed all before 2000 started. And the birthing decades typically get credit.

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    "Social Networking" (via websites)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajblaise View Post
    Its introduction and popular emergence was in the 90s, so that's the decade it will get known for most. The last decade has just been an expansion on that.

    It's like, more people use color TVs now than ever, but this isn't the decade of the color TV. That's the 60s or 70s.
    You have a point about color TVs, but it's just not the right point.

    The analogous years to the internet would be like 2030-2040.

    Facebook and youtube (the most trafficked, and most bandwidth intensive sites) weren't even invented until the 2000s.

    Google didn't IPO until, what, 2004?

    Twitter just started like a year or two ago.

    Once again: the 90s were the birth, the 2000s were when it took hold.

    It will continue to gain more of a foothold in our lives in the coming decades (like color TV in the 80s, 90s, 2000s, etc.), but the decade known for the greatest rate of adoption and transformation caused by the internet will be the 2000s.

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    Everyone being scared of everything, all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajblaise View Post
    It had already taken hold, had a giant economic bubble, and crashed all before 2000 started. And the birthing decades typically get credit.
    And what happened was that 90% of the internet companies got wiped out, and then the actually viable ones got their foothold in the 2000s.

    Fuck man, Amazon didn't even turn a profit in a single quarter until December 31, 2001.



    The first rise in that chart was all about the expectations of how important the internet would be.

    The second rise was once it actually became important.

    Amazon closed yesterday at $137.10...

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