Well, there's only a few more weeks left of 2009, and as we enter 2010 we'll not only be entering a new year, but a new decade as well. As is apparent with our culture and customs, we tend to signify the decades of recent years as unique time periods marked by certain trends and events. For example:
1910s: World War I
1920s: The rise of swing and jazz and a time of all around prosperity.
1930s: The Great Depression (how's that for irony?)
1940s: World War II
1950s: The start of the Cold War, the Eisenhower administration, the Korean War.
1960s: The Hippie movement, JFK, the Space Race, the Vietnam War.
1970s: Disco, Nixon and the Watergate Scandal, the rise of Feminism.
1980s: The Reagan Administration, The Fall of the Berlin Wall, Michael Jackson.
1990s: The Clinton Administration, the rise of the home computer and Internet, the glory days of The Simpsons and Seinfeld.
So what do you think of the 2000s? How do they stack up to the other decades? How has it been for the world as a whole and how has it treated you personally? Discuss, talk, and reminisce.
Personally, speaking from an American point of view, I think this has been a pretty lousy decade overall. I mean, it wasn't terrible, but it was pretty bad compared to the 90s. I mean between 9/11, the Bush administration, the war in Iraq, the collapse of Enron, and the economic downturn…well, it's easy to see why one could get disheartened.
But hey, it hasn't been all bad. We elected our first black president, information technology has continued to expand, and personally I think the entertainment industry is as strong as ever (with some exceptions). So yeah, not a great decade (I'd say it was average to below average) but it could have been worse. And here's hoping that the next decade will be better.