In a couple months, it will be 2010. So, I guess we’ll be getting a lot of “Best of the 'aughts” lists. I tried to go for things that affected the whole decade, not just recent events. I was also thinking of things that wouldn’t have been predicted in the 90s. Some of these were around in the 90s, but not as cheap and widespread (like home broadband internet).
Upon retrospect, maybe the title could be “biggest or most noteworthy of the 00s”, but not as catchy, I suppose.
[li] News: 9/11/01. Duh.[/li][li] Politics: Black man becoming president. Regardless of politics, it is pretty remarkable. Although I think Colin Powell would’ve won if he ran in 2000[/li][li] Economy: Upswing of China’s economy. Helped get Wal-Mart to dominate the retail scene.[/li][li] Literature: Harry Potter books; started in the 90s, but generated huge amounts of interest in the 00s.[/li][li] Movies: Lord of the Rings trilogy; showing blockbusters can be well-made enough to earn Oscar nominations[/li][li] Music: MP3s and iPods; changed recording industry… when’s the last time you bought a CD?[/li][li] Technology: Proliferation of broadband for home use. YouTube, Napster, streaming video, photo sites, even Facebook would’ve been near impossible with dial-up. Honorable mention to digital photography. [/li][li] Communication: Widespread use of cell phones and smart phones. Duh.[/li][li] Social: decrease in urban crime. In the late 90s, Times Square and 42nd Street was a no-go. Nowadays, you’re finding luxury condos being built in SoBro (trendy name for South Bronx). I believe Cabrini-Green in Chicago is also getting luxury condos now.[/li][li] Sports: Parity in sports, caused by free agency, salary caps, and extended TV coverage. No real dynasties. See below.[/li][li] Disappointment: Still no flying cars or interplanetary visits.[/li][/ul]
Sports was a little tough, since we talk about it so much, because there are no dynasties (even the Yankees weren’t consistent). Nothing like the Cowboys, Nebraska, Florida State, Bulls in the 90s. Lance Armstrong and Michael Phelps aren’t really interest-generating sports. Lakers won four titles, but had some down years between. The Patriots used Spygate for their titles. USC only won one BCS title.
So, I’ll go with a personal note: Red Sox in 2004 & 2007.
What categories/events can you think of?