Does anyone else genuinely miss the 2000s? -

janedoe

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it seems like early 2000s were better because i was too young to give a shit about anything. i didn't even know what BYOB by system of a down was about or that Muse's Black Holes and Revelations album was about politics. still sang the fuck out of that shit happily.
politics was always a thing, it's just that now it's harder to ignore because 1 we are older and 2 how accessible the internet has become.

the only thing i miss, or wish i got more usage out of, was back when the internet was the wild west. that shit was genuinely fun and exciting to explore.
 

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it seems like early 2000s were better because i was too young to give a shit about anything. i didn't even know what BYOB by system of a down was about or that Muse's Black Holes and Revelations album was about politics. still sang the fuck out of that shit happily.
politics was always a thing, it's just that now it's harder to ignore because 1 we are older and 2 how accessible the internet has become.

the only thing i miss, or wish i got more usage out of, was back when the internet was the wild west. that shit was genuinely fun and exciting to explore.
Kinda agree with the politics part. The internet is a big part of why we cannot escape from it. To counter a bit though, I think politics have become a trend, and as such it will have an expiration date. The same way goth culture took the 2000s or punk, rebellious Bart Simpsons seem to have the 90s, politics are just the new cultural trend. I say give it another year or two and most main stream things that had not previously built themselves on politics will fall back into some new trend. Most are just riding a high given by Trump as comedy from him takes little thought to create.
 

PaleTay

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It seems like it was way more pure and family driven and I don't think that's just nostalgia. I re-watched some of the cartoons from the early 2000s over the years and they were so much better, early Pokemon for example used to have holiday specials where the Pokemon celebrated Christmas and stuff, it was cute and in general it showed that the characters loved each other, I've watched some of the later seasons and it just seems mostly safe and commercial.
 

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To me the '00s seemed to go by somewhat "normal". The '10s went by pretty quick somehow (like I still think of the Wii U as a short-lived and recent system). Once 2020 hit, time seems to have hit the brakes. Early coronapanic with the TP shortage seems like quite a while ago, and 2019 almost seems exotic and ancient now.
 

Shadfan666xxx000

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To me the '00s seemed to go by somewhat "normal". The '10s went by pretty quick somehow (like I still think of the Wii U as a short-lived and recent system). Once 2020 hit, time seems to have hit the brakes. Early coronapanic with the TP shortage seems like quite a while ago, and 2019 almost seems exotic and ancient now.
The 2010s were kind of a haze because nothing really seemed to happen. All throughout the 2010s you had a forever war in the middle east which got super boring after ISIS got wiped, the 2016 election which nobody got over, and all sorts of shit which ended up being very low impact by comparison to the 2020 typhoon of events which came out.
For the best look at how slow the 2010s really were, just look at the pop culture of the era. It was all sequels, threequels and failed cinematic universes. The most notable thing we got from the decade was the MCU which was the most formula thing ever made. Creativity, innovation and general cultural kineticism was absent the whole time through with our technology becoming drab, our science losing its luster and politics becoming a grind to behold. 2020 is a blessing in disguise.
 

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I'm probably looking back at 00's through rose-tinted glasses because i was in my teens during the first half of that decade, but i think it was the superior decade.

For starters, the world was less political (or at least, most normal people avoided the topic).

We had cellphones, but they had little to no internet connection. The internet at the time was more free and a lot more fun (4chan, newgrounds, ytmnd, homestar runner, etc).

The music back then was a lot better when you compare it to Current Year.
 

Syaoran Li

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The 2010s were kind of a haze because nothing really seemed to happen. All throughout the 2010s you had a forever war in the middle east which got super boring after ISIS got wiped, the 2016 election which nobody got over, and all sorts of shit which ended up being very low impact by comparison to the 2020 typhoon of events which came out.
For the best look at how slow the 2010s really were, just look at the pop culture of the era. It was all sequels, threequels and failed cinematic universes. The most notable thing we got from the decade was the MCU which was the most formula thing ever made. Creativity, innovation and general cultural kineticism was absent the whole time through with our technology becoming drab, our science losing its luster and politics becoming a grind to behold. 2020 is a blessing in disguise.
It's weird, because the early 2010's seemed kind of hopeful at first. 2010 was fairly quiet with the only real major event in the US news cycle being the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the two big earthquakes in Haiti and Chile at the start of the year. 2011 was a year full of the weird and totally unexpected like the Osama Bin Laden raid, the Higgs Boson discoveries, the demise of Kim Jong Il, the Arab Spring, and Occupy Wall Street.

Really, 2010-2012 had this weird vibe where everyone had this sort of unwarranted optimism and an urge to try and make things better, which crashed and burned badly with the rise of the Woke Left.

Tellingly, all the really good elements of 2010's pop culture that weren't imported tended to be at the very start of the 2010's (Fallout: New Vegas, The Wolf of Wall Street, Mafia II, Breaking Bad's peak years) or near the very end (Joker, The Irishman, 1917)

I really do get this weird feeling that 2020 is not just the big game changer but could very well be the darkness before dawn. Give me all the rainbows you want for that, but I just have this weird hunch
 

Cybertonian

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I sure as fuck do, and I'm not entirely sure that it's purely nostalgia. Before social media became the norm and forum culture was a thing, it seemed liked people on the internet actually had novel thoughts and generally just wanted to have a good time and escape from real life. My perception of the internet back then was that it was inhabited more by introverted, thoughtful people than it is today. "Normies ruined the internet" probably is true, as cringy as it sound. Once social media became commonplace hierarchies inevitably started to form and people turned their online presence into an opportunity to gain clout through pseudo-moralistic circlejerking.

There was a feeling of freedom in life too from what I remember that was distinct from the usual "the world is your oyster" bs people feed their kids. You had a certain freedom to self-expression and felt like you had a right to piss people off if it meant standing up for you values, without fear of persecution for wrongthink.

Video games were at their peak in my opinion, and channels like Disney, Nick, and Cartoon Network were way better than they are now.

The only thing I disagree with here is music, but it might be because I was too young to really pay attention. A lot of 2000's music seemed pretty blase to me. The only thing I really miss from that period that I don't hear anymore is punk rock (thanks, PS2).
 

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Really, 2010-2012 had this weird vibe where everyone had this sort of unwarranted optimism and an urge to try and make things better, which crashed and burned badly with the rise of the Woke Left.
I've mentioned this before in different threads (so forgive me for being redundant) but the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman thing under Obama was the Pandora's Box for woke culture and the downfall of race relations. I also distinctly remember the early 2010's and how people still had kind of a 90's/2000's vibe to them, and things didn't become all woke until the middle of the decade, right around the dawn of GamerGate. I used to follow Tumblr in 2010 or so just for porn and animated Gifs: back then, what we'd currently refer to as SJWs were completely nonexistent. The whole stereotype of feminists, furfags, and pan-demisexual genderfluid transracial otherkin making up the bulk of Tumblr wasn't a thing until some time after 2012, especially with the election kicking it into gear. I remember after Romney lost, Tumblr did this radical shift into posting almost exclusively pro-SJW shit ranging from hatred towards straight white men to circle jerking over Mitt Romney and normie conservatives being banished to the nether realms. Then in 2013 was when I personally remember woke culture spreading exponentially. It was all over Tumblr and Twitter by then, with everyone being increasingly pozzed.

Again, early Tumblr was just a stream of random pop culture shit including funny Family Guy Gifs, Doctor Who fanart, cool geeky Lego builds, and whatnot. This was kind of around the time of the early 2010's obsession with geek fandom and the whole "I fucking love science!" crowd being dominant in the media. Tumblr certainly reshaped into a cesspool of leftard culture warriors in late 2012/early 2013, which coincides with the rise of woke culture.

Aside from Trayvon's death and Romney's loss, a couple of other things events happened in 2012 which led to the rise of the woke left: The Aurora shooting and Sandy Hook. These two events saw a H U G E surge in anti-gun rhetoric in the media, with people all over the cancerous Twitters ranting about banning all guns and labeling the NRA as a white supremacist hate group. The latter shooting happened at an elementary school of all places, which gave fuel into the left's "muh children!" argument.

From a personal anecdote, at the job where I worked in 2012-2013 almost every coworker was a Democrat, an MSNBC viewer, and extremely anti-gun. I got the look of death when I confessed that I didn't vote for Obama and that I'm pro-gun. Around the dawn of woke culture it was trendy and chic to idolize Obama and to passionately advocate the total ban of guns. Seeing a black thug getting killed by a Latino white guy and having the president politicize it, followed by two mass shootings involving minors more than made leftists of all flavors feel like kings among men, as it seemed as if everyone was on their side. The Tea Party (and any conservative) in general was seen as fringe and laughable, and just the mere notion of questioning Obama, disagreeing with gun bans, or defending Zimmerman was tantamount to being a cartoon villain, thus it was an uphill battle against the left.
 

Dom Cruise

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My nostalgia for the 2000s gets pretty overwhelming sometimes, I try to be more optimistic about the future, but sometimes some things from the 2000s seem downright magical to me today, you know what I mean?

I was watching an episode of James May's Toy Stories from 2009 (the first one about the model airplane) and looking back at England circa 2009, knowing what a horror show it is for the country today, it was genuinely painful.


To me the '00s seemed to go by somewhat "normal". The '10s went by pretty quick somehow (like I still think of the Wii U as a short-lived and recent system). Once 2020 hit, time seems to have hit the brakes. Early coronapanic with the TP shortage seems like quite a while ago, and 2019 almost seems exotic and ancient now.
2020 has been bizarre, I was reminded of something that happened just when the corona thing was taking off and it felt like a long time ago, like I can't believe it was just earlier this year.

Meanwhile there are now memories I have from 2019 that 100% feel genuinely nostalgic, including a music concert I went to in December of 2019, where dozens of people were sitting side by side and no one was wearing a mask.
 

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I've mentioned this before in different threads (so forgive me for being redundant) but the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman thing under Obama was the Pandora's Box for woke culture and the downfall of race relations. I also distinctly remember the early 2010's and how people still had kind of a 90's/2000's vibe to them, and things didn't become all woke until the middle of the decade, right around the dawn of GamerGate. I used to follow Tumblr in 2010 or so just for porn and animated Gifs: back then, what we'd currently refer to as SJWs were completely nonexistent. The whole stereotype of feminists, furfags, and pan-demisexual genderfluid transracial otherkin making up the bulk of Tumblr wasn't a thing until some time after 2012, especially with the election kicking it into gear. I remember after Romney lost, Tumblr did this radical shift into posting almost exclusively pro-SJW shit ranging from hatred towards straight white men to circle jerking over Mitt Romney and normie conservatives being banished to the nether realms. Then in 2013 was when I personally remember woke culture spreading exponentially. It was all over Tumblr and Twitter by then, with everyone being increasingly pozzed.

Again, early Tumblr was just a stream of random pop culture shit including funny Family Guy Gifs, Doctor Who fanart, cool geeky Lego builds, and whatnot. This was kind of around the time of the early 2010's obsession with geek fandom and the whole "I fucking love science!" crowd being dominant in the media. Tumblr certainly reshaped into a cesspool of leftard culture warriors in late 2012/early 2013, which coincides with the rise of woke culture.

Aside from Trayvon's death and Romney's loss, a couple of other things events happened in 2012 which led to the rise of the woke left: The Aurora shooting and Sandy Hook. These two events saw a H U G E surge in anti-gun rhetoric in the media, with people all over the cancerous Twitters ranting about banning all guns and labeling the NRA as a white supremacist hate group. The latter shooting happened at an elementary school of all places, which gave fuel into the left's "muh children!" argument.

From a personal anecdote, at the job where I worked in 2012-2013 almost every coworker was a Democrat, an MSNBC viewer, and extremely anti-gun. I got the look of death when I confessed that I didn't vote for Obama and that I'm pro-gun. Around the dawn of woke culture it was trendy and chic to idolize Obama and to passionately advocate the total ban of guns. Seeing a black thug getting killed by a Latino white guy and having the president politicize it, followed by two mass shootings involving minors more than made leftists of all flavors feel like kings among men, as it seemed as if everyone was on their side. The Tea Party (and any conservative) in general was seen as fringe and laughable, and just the mere notion of questioning Obama, disagreeing with gun bans, or defending Zimmerman was tantamount to being a cartoon villain, thus it was an uphill battle against the left.
Rhetoric aside, gun ownership has actually increased massively over the last few years. Before Heller in 2008 the Supreme Court hadn't even ruled that banning handguns was against the constitution yet, and now we have tens of millions of guns sold every year.

https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/e...rs-after-august-record-gun-sales-remain-calm/

To contrast, there were more guns sold in the first 4 months of this year than the whole of 2001. There's never been a better time to be in that business.

I get the impression you probably spent a lot of time around upper middle class people, though, so you wouldn't have seen it as much.

It's weird, because the early 2010's seemed kind of hopeful at first. 2010 was fairly quiet with the only real major event in the US news cycle being the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the two big earthquakes in Haiti and Chile at the start of the year. 2011 was a year full of the weird and totally unexpected like the Osama Bin Laden raid, the Higgs Boson discoveries, the demise of Kim Jong Il, the Arab Spring, and Occupy Wall Street.

Really, 2010-2012 had this weird vibe where everyone had this sort of unwarranted optimism and an urge to try and make things better, which crashed and burned badly with the rise of the Woke Left.

Tellingly, all the really good elements of 2010's pop culture that weren't imported tended to be at the very start of the 2010's (Fallout: New Vegas, The Wolf of Wall Street, Mafia II, Breaking Bad's peak years) or near the very end (Joker, The Irishman, 1917)

I really do get this weird feeling that 2020 is not just the big game changer but could very well be the darkness before dawn. Give me all the rainbows you want for that, but I just have this weird hunch
Disagree on pop culture, some classic films like The Handmaiden and The Death of Stalin came out in the middle of the 2010s. Granted they weren't as massively commercially successful though.
 

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I have from 2019 that 100% feel genuinely nostalgic, including a music concert I went to in December of 2019, where dozens of people were sitting side by side and no one was wearing a mask.
I think this coronapanic "GRANDMA-KILLING SUPERPLAGUE" - along with the endless riots "peaceful protests" - were likely man made (or escalated), coordinated by corrupt people in politics and positions of influence. They no doubt love that we're "muzzled" with face masks and can't assemble because "social distancing".

If this isn't just a conspiracy theory, then these jerks who forced the insanity that is Mega Clown World 2020 on us need to be voted out. And the commie regime of China needs to be removed.
 

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I think this coronapanic "GRANDMA-KILLING SUPERPLAGUE" - along with the endless riots "peaceful protests" - were likely man made (or escalated), coordinated by corrupt people in politics and positions of influence. They no doubt love that we're "muzzled" with face masks and can't assemble because "social distancing".

If this isn't just a conspiracy theory, then these jerks who forced the insanity that is Mega Clown World 2020 on us need to be voted out. And the commie regime of China needs to be removed.
Imagine thinking governments are competent enough to do this without anyone realising.
 

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2001 in fiction: Regular spaceflight by civilians, Moon colonization, and a manned mission to Jupiter. Followed by another manned mission in 2010, when Jupiter became a second sun which inspired world peace - and knowledge of life out there.

2001 in reality: The worst terrorist attack in history, leading to increasing paranoia and control. 10 years later during an endless recession (which is still ongoing), Occupy protests were thwarted by identity politics - leading to Clown World.

I think we're on the wrong timeline...

:thinking:
Yeah, it literally feels like this reality's one of those parallel universes they flick through in those sort of TV episodes.
Honestly a lot of fiction about the future in Sci-Fi was painfully naive so I am not surprised it fell apart in comparison with reality. They had a lot of "end-of-history" concepts like the UN unifying the earth into basically greater space USA, but the reality is such a union would lead to groups like the Chinese taking control so it is no surprise such concepts are starting to fade away now
 

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I blame the internet being intertwined with real life, and social media giving everybody a place to develop the most retarded opinions and then spewing them all over the place.

Back in the year 2000, individual forums were just fringe groups, and you spent time doing things on the internet that were separated from real life.

In 2020, the internet is so ingrained with real life that most entertainment, networking, and communication takes place on it. People on Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other sites tend to post extremely retarded shit and it bleeds into the real world.
 
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