February 14, 2007

Roundtable: Are we just out of ideas, or what?

It's thursday, time for the blogger's Roundtable. This week i'm yr host. Think back over the last century. Each decade has such iconic imagery and sound attatched to it. The roaring '20s, the depressing '30s, the war years of the '40s, the suburban paradises of the '50s, etc. Each 10 years seems like a different world from the 10 that preceded it. So what does this decade, the '00s have going for it? I think we've run out of ideas. It's like the 90's have just been extended for another decade. The music, clothes, movies, everything pop culture is nearly the same. Obviously we've had some major events but the overall feel is really '90s. I guess with some reality TV and iPods thrown in, and the grinding war on terror. Maybe we've just reached a comfy cultural spot. Or maybe we're so surrounded by constant individualized entertainment that our creative cells are all asleep. Are we all just too busy blogging? Comment away. (Anyone can leave a comment. Let us know if you would like to be a permanant member.)



Anonymous melissa b. said...

In contrast to prior decades, the 00s lack an observable cultural consistency, which makes the one or two word all-inclusive characterization of it nearly impossible. “Unglued”?

The growing number and division of extreme income groups, the continued decline in the quality of public education, lack of affordable healthcare, polarization towards either apathy or fervor in regard to politics, parenting, taxes, real estate, crime, employment…good lord, maybe “Tired” would be more apt. From where I sit “Uneducated”, “In Debt”, “Addicted” would all be appropriate as well.

As a social worker the majority of the population I have contact with are in survival mode and don’t seem to give a damn what is going on in the world outside of their personal bubble of relationships. There is plenty of finger pointing on who or what is to blame for their circumstance but even that lacks focus or zealotry and is subject to change depending on the time of the month. We could call the 00s the “It Wasn’t My Fault” years.

Perhaps most fitting descriptive would be “The George W. Years”.

2/15/2007 10:03 AM  
Blogger Deni said...

"The George W. Bush Years".

That's more depressing than "The Depression".

2/15/2007 10:26 AM  
Anonymous Incurable Insomniac said...

People living in the Baroque era didn't know that they were. The same holds true for the Classical and Romantic eras.

In the 60's, we never called it "the Sixties". It was just life, and later, I thought that the 70's were an extension of the 60's--until Disco came along and I was old enough to drink... legally...

These titles only come in retrospect, I think. We're still in the 00's, so we won't know what they are until we're out of them and can look back and make our assessment from an unbiased, not-emotionally involved distance.

I personally believe the word "Technological" will be in there somewhere though.

2/15/2007 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Sereena X said...

I agree with Steph... you don't know what it is while you're wallowing around in it.

But, I would call it the Government Through Paranoia '00s. Or the Global Warning '00s.

2/15/2007 12:53 PM  
Blogger Stephen V Funk said...

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2/15/2007 12:57 PM  
Blogger RW said...

It's the Age of Terror, and the first time in history we know what our era will be called while living in it.

Everything we do relates to it. And until this generation of suicidal maniacs kills itself off, we're stuck with it.

2/15/2007 1:07 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

The self-proclaimed "Me Decade" of the 70s was apparently self-absorbed enough to extend through the 80s (the "Greed Decade"?), 90s, and through the end of last year when Bill Katovsky announced the beginning of the "You Decade".

The "Us vs. Them Decade" seems more appropriate to me, or perhaps "The Years of Growing Antipathy"...

2/15/2007 1:13 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

Or the Age of Terror, like RW said while I was trying to get my comment posted...

2/15/2007 1:14 PM  
Blogger Stephen V Funk said...

(once more with feeling, and correct spelling...)

How about "the my decade..."

(now that we are all sick of my lame idea, I'll be over at the bar...)

2/15/2007 1:35 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

I gotta go with Steph here. I think every decade has had this same sort of lack of self-awareness. Look back in ten years and you'll see more of a discernible cultural identity.

RW, I grant you that the major defining moment of the decade came five and a half years ago, but I think we'll remember this time period for more than just terrorism. Don't forget: this is the era when Taco Bell introduced the Grilled Stuffed Burrito, which will surely be of great importance to historians a hundred years hence.

2/15/2007 4:00 PM  
Blogger RW said...

Joe, don't you underSTAND? They want to KILL us for our Grilled Stuffed Burritos!! How many times do I have to stand on top of this Big Mac box and tell people that!? For cry eye...

2/15/2007 4:54 PM  
Blogger the beige one said...

I think the 90s should be defined as The Complacent Decade (progressives were generally pleased with PrezBubba, while the Newties prepped for the coming decade)...and if that sticks, then this could be called The Great Duping Decade...

But like Steph, Joe and others have pointed out, it's way too soon to tell...I don't think people were too hip to the coke-fueled greed of Reagan's 80s, at least, not until Wall Street did huge at the box office...

2/15/2007 6:36 PM  
Anonymous Atul said...

The Disaster Decade - the president, terrorism, the war, Katrina, the environment.

2/15/2007 8:52 PM  
Blogger Kal said...

The Anxiety Years. The Maalox Decade.

That and big screen TVs.

2/16/2007 9:00 AM  
Blogger Prego said...

Back in the 70s we'd have 50s themed parties. In the 80s we had the "Freedom Rock" compilations... We've re-visited 'fros and flare bottom pants in "Disco" themed parties.

The "I Love the 80s" thing on VH1 doesn't quite make the splash it should. We still laugh at mullets rather than grow them... Much less, those Steven Seagal-esque cocaine ponytails.

You've gotta(sic) wonder what the shining image of this decade's going to be. It won't be getting under our desks with our hands over our heads like the Cold War years. It'll probably be reality show spoofs, "Friends" hairdos and glassy-eyed stares at electronic gadgets.

Hold on, I'm getting a text.

(ROFL. U R the hottest EVAH.)

2/16/2007 11:10 AM  
Blogger the beige one said...


2/16/2007 2:04 PM  
Blogger John Sadowski said...

yay, nobody mentioned 'crunk.'

2/16/2007 5:08 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

In my defense, I tried to post on time yesterday, from my Treo, but, I lost it all...
What I tried to say, is that the 00s have felt like the cramming of every trend from the 60s-90s into each year. Fashion trends hit each decade, seemingly every 2 months or so.
For me, the 80s/Reagan era were the "world is going to end, so why bother?" years, and I'd imagine many young people of today are feeling the same way in these Bush/Terror/Hate times.
I think the "why bother..." mentality (political/social) I felt back then has enabled me to not be so shocked by the hideousness of the 00s thus far. I don't think it will be regarded as a great period of time, but as one of extremes -- ignorance and advances living in some bizarre simultaneous space.

2/16/2007 8:00 PM  
Blogger John Sadowski said...

Yeah, i've lost lengthy posts too. So annoying. And this is supposedly out of beta too. C'mon Google!

Speaking of Google... maybe this is the information overload decade. Or is our legacy LOL cats?

2/16/2007 8:18 PM  

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