Info Gluttony

I know it’s not over yet

Posted in Uncategorized by echan on December 4, 2009

But I have two simple questions:

1. Was this a good decade?

I’ve heard some negative descriptions of it floating around (I think primarily because of the economic bubble-bursting bookends), but all-in-all, I can’t say it felt better or worse than the 80s or 90s.

2. Do you refer to this decade as the Aughts, the Naughts, or something else?

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  1. Josi said, on December 5, 2009 at 12:18 am

    90s FTW!!!

    I don’t think this wasn’t a good decade, but i’d say i had a better one back in the 90s

  2. greg said, on December 5, 2009 at 12:22 am

    No, not a good decade. At least not for society and the world writ large. For me, yeah, I’ve done well. But I can’t look at the world and say we’re better off now than in 2000.

    Name? How about the Boughts? (Baughts?) Considering that it was spending bubbles that seemed to define much of the last 10 years, whether the spending was overpriced real estate, flat-screen tvs, iPhones or wars.

  3. adam said, on December 5, 2009 at 2:00 am

    1. it sucked. the “good” times just made everything expensive and way heightened consumerism. $500 jeans? Ridiculous. So it built nothing and didn’t even feel good while it was going on. And now the economy is going to suck for a long time.

    I think this decade will be remembered similarly to the 70s, only worse. The ideals of the previous decade become twisted, leading to bad style, bad economy, bad politics, etc.

    2. I can’t think of a good way to say 00’s. 🙂

    • eflan said, on December 5, 2009 at 2:36 am

      Well, Adam, at least you’re kicking off the teens with a very happy event. 🙂 So, the teens shouldn’t suck, at least at the micro level, for you.

      • adam said, on December 16, 2009 at 5:49 pm

        True, I’m looking forward to the teens. The wsj seems to be calling the past decade the “naughty aughties.” I kind of like that.

  4. psychicfriend said, on December 5, 2009 at 6:05 am

    From a somewhat US-centric perspective (which is VERY un-2000’s!):
    1) I haven’t lived through any other period comparable with the Bush presidency.
    2) Decade was kicked off by 911.
    3) Ended with the rise of Glen Beck and Sarah Palin.
    4) Compared to those things, the economic situation could have a silver lining of cleaning out deadwood and bad saving / investing habits in the population.
    5) On the other hand, the world probably has gotten a lot more connected
    6) Changes wrought by the rise of the internet are profound and positive.
    7) The is no precedent for the information at my fingertips from sources like Wikipedia, Amazon, and MITOCW.
    So it’s probably got a lot of the same political turmoil of the 60s and 70s coupled with the profound positive changes that took place in those eras.

    ** I think the zeros is a good term.

    • eflan said, on December 7, 2009 at 7:32 pm

      So, are you saying the Zeros were a wash?

  5. ToastyKen said, on December 18, 2009 at 2:09 am

    Thoughts: Ebert likes the term “zeros”, too:

    I feel like it was kind of terrible from the perspective of politics, but the Internet is awesome. I have an overall pretty dim view though, because this was supposed to The Future! It’s the 21st Century! But what it’s really shown us is how technology isn’t enough, in the end. It’s not enough to save us from climate change (after causing it), and it wasn’t enough in Iran… Even the Internet, that great bastion of free speech, isn’t so free in the end.

    I’m hoping that the next decade will be known more for social change than technological change.

  6. ToastyKen said, on December 18, 2009 at 2:11 am

    Oh right my other thought: Tom Brokaw called this the holy **** decade. (His blank, not mine.)


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