Tales From the Hilltop
An intelligent, yet Devil's Advocate view of the world

Episode Twenty-Two: Reflections of the Double-Aught Decade (2000s)

It’s still hard to believe the first 10 years of the 21st century are in the books.

So, what have you learned in that time frame? Now that, we’re four months removed and have sufficient enough time to take away the ups, downs, and creamy middles of the 2000s, let’s see what this crazy decade has taught us.

1) The predictions America made back in the 50s, 60s, and 70s about life in the 2000s were GROSSLY overstated. Where’s all the flying cars? Where’s the cities on the Moon, laser guns, and tablets that held full course meals? Don’t get me wrong, we’ve come a long way since Hula Hoops and Studebakers, but those old TV shows and movies really threw the bar up there for mankind to surpass.

2) Not to sound racist or anything like that, but black folks were laughing ALL DAY on Jan. 1, 2000 when mostly white folk really believed the world was really going to end in that whole “Y2K” nonsense. We knew better.

3) Hollywood abandoned the entire concept of ‘originally’ for the most part this decade. Think on it: how many remakes to movies came out in this decade or movies came out based on old TV shows. From Friday the 13th to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, from Transformers to the TWO Hulk movies, the directors and producers must’ve really ran out of new ideas for stories to entertain us. Well, except Judd Apatow.

4) Very slowly, this became what I like to refer to as the “All or Nothing” decade. What I mean by that is we as a populous tend to look at things are either being the best at something or the worst at something. If an athlete didn’t win a title, they were a bum. If an artists went Gold on an album but not platinum, the album was considered a “flop” and an utter failure. To quote Ricky Bobby, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Truer, yet more insane words could not been said better for this decade.

5) Reality TV killed…well…TV, by proving it’s been anything but actual reality.

6) Social network sites have made supremely easy to be the most popular kid on the block….even if no one on your block has actually seen you in-person. Not that this is a bad thing; it’s good to have friends, just as long as they cyber friends don’t seem to replace the real friends you actually went outside and saw.

7) We are broke. That doesn’t mean we’re poor. That just means most of us working class folk are now financially savvy enough to know paying $150 for a pair of Jordan’s is pretty goofy and potentially dangerous nowadays. Unfortunately, it took for nearly the whole world to go bankrupt for most of us to figure that out. I guess that’s what happens when people who are only making $1500 a month start buying up Escalades and $400,000 homes, as well as people blowing their rent money to ‘make it rain’ in the strip clubs. Damned TV.

8 ) Apparently, EVERYTHING causes bad conditions or lead to death, and must be looked at under a NASA-powered microscope. Hamburgers have bad fat & cholesterol, aspirin can increase risk of stroke, the wrong car driven increase carbon monoxide, listening to too much Sarah Palin causes massive loss of brain cells. (ba-zing!). Honestly, I liked it better when I knew a Big Mac would kill me in 55 years, but I had the ability to ignore it. Can’t do that now.

9) Not everyone needs 15 minutes of fame. We’ve seen the results of what happens when the wrong people get it. (American Idol, I’m looking in your direction)

10) The most important thing about this decade I’ve learned is simply this: Free will still reigns supreme. Think on it, all the warning signs of what can happen if you don’t take care of our body. All the policy changes made by the Clinton, Bush, & Obama administrations, even the religious revelations made by folk over the last 10 years can ultimately mean NADA. People will still do (at least in this country) what they want, when they want, and how they want to do it. People have discovered more than ever that life is whatever they choose to make it. So, if it’s being a crusader, work-a-holic, slacker, or free spirit, “whatever will be, will be”.

And there you have it.

4/30/2010

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