Were the 2010s a blur? - (putting the "zoom" in "zoomer")

were the 2010s a blur?

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StarDreamer2002

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I think the 2010s were good in terms of pop culture if you ignore the SJW stuff.

BTW our memories are as fake as celebrity gossip. Psychology is a really interesting science. The brain isn't endless so it can store only important information, and when we recall complex past events, our subconsciousness just fills the voids with imagination based on photos, different memories, conversations, television etc. The mental images we see when thinking about our lifes feel like films but they're more like improvisional theatre.
 

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Early 2010s are definitely distinct from the rest of the decade. Obviously social media boomed with insta, vine, sc, twitter growing massively (between about 2009-2012 the go-to platform was facebook). After 2013 the trends were very different (Kardashians, 90s revivals, Y2K etc.)

I think 2017-2019 was a bit of a blur when you take out politics. Fashion, music, technology etc. basically remained the same.
 
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History happens in slow motion; only time will tell if the twenty-teens were a blur or not. While I agree with @oldTireWater that the feeling of the last decade feeling like a blur simply comes from age, if there was a definitive blur that society collectively felt looking back, the commercialization and widespread adoption of the internet by businesses and news outlets most definitely contributed to it.

The oversaturation of both information and misinformation coupled with social media centralizing user congregation kinda killed everyone's attention spans, so things like Kony 2012, Occupy, GamerGate, GameStonk (not a 2010s phenomenon but you get the idea) and the like were all flashes in the pan that couldn't keep the attention of most people unless they were autistically invested in the phenomenon long after it ceased from relevance, usually a month at best. The reason you might think the last decade feels like a blur is because a lot of stuff was happening and being documented at the same time, on the same 2-3 media platforms.

Frankly, social media in general felt like a slog to scroll through after Trump got elected and it lasted throughout his entire presidency (and still lasts to this day thanks to covid). The 2016 election broke a lot of people, and a lot of those people happened to be terminally online and will never shut up about the Orange Man until the end of time. 2014 was probably the last year I really enjoyed going online tbh
I vtoed Trump twice but I feel like his fans are often almost as bad as the haters when it comes to being silly
 

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While the 2010s in general weren't very remarkable from this current viewpoint, one thing which marks a very considerable contrast between 2019 and the past two years has got to be urban life. The energy of going out into the city as an adult and being able to do something new every month if not every week is a hugely different experience than the hollowed out husks the downtowns of the US have largely become. While NY, LA and Chicago were going through serious crime spikes, mid-sized urban centers across the natioms were slowly gentrifying and you would see a lot of money go into these places to revitalize these areas. A middle class person could afford and would be given opportunities to meet new people and do things even in relative backwaters. Then the COVID lockdowns and summer riots hit and now everything has been driven into disrepair by comparison.
 

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Then the COVID lockdowns and summer riots hit and now everything has been driven into disrepair by comparison.
Reminds me of this from the "missing the 2000s" thread:
The powers that shouldn't be seem to want a one-world commie tyranny.

A free and independent America goes against, so "they" summoned 2020?
 

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I came of age during that time. For me the 2010s were middle school through undergrad college.

I’d say personally they weren’t a blur for me, but they were the most consequential decade of my life. (So far anyway).
 

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Another example of the 2010s being a blur: "Homestar Runner" still feels recent.

I’d say personally they weren’t a blur for me, but they were the most consequential decade of my life.
Being in school - especially before college - can definitely make time pass slowly, or at least normally.

(this isn't always a bad thing)
 

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More of a slog for me. I was in my mid 20s through my mid 30s during the decade. The first half felt fine, if a tad monotonous. I’d go to work, hang out with friends or work on hobbies on my days off. Kinda boring but could be far worse.

2016 was when “it could be far worse” kicked into gear. Lost a fair amount of friends to TDS who now saw me as a traitor because I wasn’t lock stock and barrel in line with leftist rhetoric (neither were they before Trump I might add) my job and my coworkers started getting more and more politics driven, and you were looked at with suspicion if you chose not to discuss politics while working. Most of my hobbies and interests started getting taken over by woke bullshit, which made it a drag to keep following. I just started keeping to myself more and more, just doing my job coming home and trying to find entertainment or something that didn’t revolve around politics or virtue signaling 24/7. Corona at the end of the decade just escalated it even further to where I’d kill to have my relatively dull but happy and fun life back where people weren’t at each other’s throats constantly
 

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Obama's second term is when life seemed to get both faker and gayer. People had always laughed at dangerhaired feminist wokescolds, but as soon as 2012 came around, important people -like big corporations--, started listening to them. It felt like society was being infiltrated from top to bottom by those with totalitarian mindsets, and social media just made it easier to monitor everybody and punish wrongthinkers. I don't want to invoke Godwin's law here, but I get the creeping feeling that this must've been what it was like for people in 1930s Germany who were going about their business to see more and more people walking around in swastika armbands and more brownshirts screaming at people in public for not supporting their politics. Then the brownshirts start burning city blocks down and abusing their government positions to jail their ideological enemies. I feel the only thing missing is Liza Minelli singing and dancing with a chair in a cabaret, (although these days it's more likely to be a drag queen dressed like a demon reading books to children in a library.)
 

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What if the Mayans really could see the future and planned the calendar accordingly?

:thinking:

I was big in to Terrence McKenna and that whole Timewave 0 theory. I even downloaded the program and installed it on my laptop and ran it a few times. I remember when it was New Year's Eve 2011 and 2012 came in to being. Nope, still here. Don't feel any different...

But then...

It didn't take long for the future to arrive. Weird shit started happening. Anomalies. Unexplainable stuff. And bit by bit, new discoveries in science were being made and old dreams such as quantum computers and nuclear fusion came in to being. The first teleportation of atoms. The first invisibility cloak. Bam bam bam, hit after hit until it just couldn't be ignored anymore, the future wasn't just arriving, by 2014 it had fully arrived. The peak of the industrial revolution. Everything that man had worked towards he had achieved. Or could see that it would be fully realisable in the coming years (quantum computers + nuclear fusion).

2014 was, in many ways [CURRENT YEAR]. I know that it's stated as being 2015, and it is as well in many ways. It was some kind of pinnacle of science, civilisation, futurology, and all mixed in with an understanding and connection to history, to each other and ourselves as a species - humanity.

2014/2015 was where the rubber met the road and the shit well and truly hit the fan. Then it got weirder from there.

Sure, the whole smartphone thing and attention span complications it brought about are true. Ditto the internet becoming more ubiquitous. Plus after 2015 most people browsing the internet were doing so on a handheld device. So the old Web 1.0 got thrown out the window and every man and his dog started designing for Web 2.0 with the requisite touchscreen API and paradigm. Not good if you are a boomer or a Gen X'er and you like to actually look at things on a big screen and you know actually type things out on a keyboard. You can't do that on a handheld device, so the internet was dumbed down to meet these new low standards.

Fast forward to today, you can't do business unless you run whatsapp. People refuse to deal with you now. I'll phone up and ask about stock, particular stuff, general stuff, and I get fucked off by some shirty bitch - have you ever thought of looking on the website? But it's worse than that, because now they don't even say that any more, it's like 'oh you have a question about stock? give me your whatsapp'. And that is fucking that. If you tell them you don't use whatsapp then they say they can't help. Yes, actually fuck you off and say sorry, you will have to come in to the store. One example of the madness this whole web 2.0 thing has brought about.

Has anyone noticed just how fucking broken the internet has become not just the last year, but the last six months. There is a captcha for just about every single fucking website I visit these days. It's tiresome to navigate. Sites like youtube bully you in to signing in, cookies on every page you have to approve, you're not given an option where you can opt out.

Forums are dying. They won't exist in 10 years time. Every forum that you could ever rule34 in to existence has been made. Knitting, bikes, sex, farming, music, guitars, tools, photography. What's more, there are people on those forums that have been on them since their inception, probably some time post 2000, as that was when most people got the internet and everyone rushed in the wild west spirit of the time to be the first to have those particular niche forums. There are people out there with fucking nearly 100,000 fucking posts. And those people now rule those forums by seniority even though they are not mods or admins. And they all have their little clique.

Nobody who was in to bikes or music or swords or knitting or fish to that great extent turned around in the last year and said, oh I think I'll join a forum. No, they already did it. And it either worked out or it didn't. Probably it didn't because most people are cunts. And they make sure most other people don't fit in by bullying them off or shunning them. Many such cases.

So now you have a whole world of people that are in to this shit: music, guitars, bikes, swords, fish... that have nowhere to go, because you can't start up a new forum because no one will fucking visit it. The forums that deal with all these subjects have fuck all to do with their intended purpose anymore and have become defacto social media for boomers and gen x'ers. They chat shit about this or that and anyone wanting to talk about the subject matter at hand had better lick arse to the seniors to be accepted or get bullied or shunned off. And the mods and the admins and the owners allow this because now big dollar advertising is involved, and that is their sacred holy cash cow. Users can go fuck themselves. You are a consumer now or you aren't accepted in.

There are websites that deal in astronomy equipment, let's say, and you just got ripped off for a few hundred bucks on a telescope, not only did you get ripped off, when you phoned up to get some satisfaction, you were called names, verbally abused and threatened. Yeah, fucking threatened. Good luck with being allowed to even claim that happened on a site that takes the dollar from those very same people. It's cancer and it's everywhere. Not just telescope forums, music forums, everywhere. It's over bar the crying.

So people are very disenchanted and disenfranchised now. You probably have a hobby, you probably want to learn more about it, or maybe just talk with like-minded people, but you can't, because it's a big fucking club and you aren't in it. It's demoralising. I know many people feel the same way through conversations I've had via PMs on these sites. It's over.

For some interesting reading look up and google why forums are dying and the stats involved.

Plus, as has been mentioned, we are now well and truly in an orwellian/brave new world scenario of censorship and wrongthink. The plan of the elites was to 'master the internet' and they have mastered it. They only allow this very website to exist because they are using it for data mining. We've been funneled. Sure there's a few full time feds reading in real time with real eyeballs, but most is being fed in to the databases and pattern matched and machine learned or wtf it is they do. They get to check opinions, even those of a very contained subset of wrongthinkers like us. We aren't rebels, we are goldfish being observed who don't even realise they are being observed.

All of this is pertinent to why the last decade is a blur. Just as someone said earlier: because it was. Society fractured along political lines but it fractured along technological lines as well. Different people championed different forms of technology. I remember one girl I met and she was in bed just checking her phone, blatantly for new dates and fucks, with no fucks given. Yeah whatevs. Knock yourself out. A phone is of little interest to me. I can have a tonne of fun with an old laptop and run all kinds of programs on it and create all kinds of things. I can do even more interesting things again with a full size tower case with six hard disks in it.

We became alienated from each other by the very technology that catered to our very specific use-cases and needs, and wants and desires and dreams. And we got funneled there as well. Like inflation in the big bang - every point ever more quickly accelerating away from every other point. And that is why we are at an impasse now with humanity, probably best illustrated with the polarisation in politics. We've been farmed this way. We are all nigger cattle.

Technology was a wonderful dream, but by [CURRENT YEAR] I saw which way it was going. Bitches using smart phones for 'hook up' culture. Shop assistants refusing to serve you because fuck you do your own research on our website. New laws coming in to effect that all our search histories would be recorded by our ISPs and available to several hundred of different authorities such as fucking bin collection or waste disposal. Data rape and privacy rape became a thing. It just wasn't fun anymore. Worse than that, from [CURRENT YEAR] things just became increasingly more sinister with the PTB usurping ARE technology. Our superpower had been well and truly turned against us.

And the more alienated we got from each other the more alienated we became from ourselves as well. Our inner selves. As we felt this yearning chasm of emptiness swell up, some of us filled it with drink, some of us filled it with drugs, some of us filled it with porn, some of us filled it with shitposting. Choose your poison. But everyone feels dirty the morning after. And the more divided the self becomes, the more split the id becomes from the ego, the more the animal flails, reaching out for anything, something, not even looking for comfort anymore, just looking for sense or logic. But that has all but gone now as well.

We all have our own facade. We all have our own hopes and dreams. Very few people are fulfilled these days. We really have been corralled like the nigger cattle we are in to this situation. I'm not pointing any fingers, I'm only starting to wake up and realise what the fuck has been going on myself these last few (10 years). It's time to wean off technology. But guess what suckers? It is now illegal to not have a tracking device, sorry, mobile phone. Well it is in china and it will be here soon too in a couple of years.

Technology is just a tool and it can set us free or it can enslave us. Really we should be embracing automation and all the advantages that it brings, but we can't, we beg to still be allowed to work. Why is that? Money. What is money good for? Money is the conduit for the transfer of human energy, that is all. But even that has got corrupted.

Everybody wants the same things. We all like to eat nice food. We like to dress in warm and comfortable clothing. Perhaps extending out from there to a bit of fashion and looking good, more attractive to the opposite sex. We like to be able to travel, to go places, see people, see things. We like to dance, we like to listen to music. We certainly all like to have sex.

All those things have been stolen from us, repackaged, re-bottled and sold back to us at an extortianate price. Monopolies run the fashion industry, the food industry, the art industry, the music industry. Not talking about the (((you know who's))) for once. That's just a joke. This shit runs deeper than all of that. It's a game and many of us want to play, but we aren't allowed. And those that try to, we are crushed or we are bought out, whatever the case may be, even being embraced, extended and extinguished.

Some men like to build houses, some men like to build cathedrals. Some men like to build magnificent architecture and spaces for people to live in and be in. Where is that architecture? We are all reflections of our surroundings. Where are the beautiful places to be in?

None of this exists. What is there is pitiful and the best of it is not for you anyway, peasant.

And the saddest thing of all is that for many of us, there is no club we want to be in. There is no party we want to join. There is no fear of missing out. Nothing to miss out on. And we wither ever more, dying on the vine. We become almost totally disconnected by this point, not just from each other, not just from ourselves, but from objective reality itself, as much as any one person can experience objective reality.

I've noticed a couple of random references to Baudrillard's Simulacra and Simulation, on the farms the last few days. And for once they weren't being pretentious gits as is the wont of most people when they throw around that, which is a load of pretentious shit a lot of the time. But it's got some good bits. And the references to Hyperreality were both apt and on point, enlightening even when used in the slightly different contexts in which they were. And this is the age. Facebook have changed their name to Metaverse to embrace that whole "virtual reality" kind of thing. Haven't they been involved in "virtual reality" all along? Many would argue they have.

Kiwi Farms is a very special place. And I'm not sure how many people really appreciate it for what it is at its best. Whatever that is, I'll let you decide.

It's good that there is a mix of people here. It's nice that a lot of us can get along. It's also good that others can disagree and point out when we are being faggots or narcs or bores or schizos or cunts. There's not many places left in the world where that kind of discourse can take place anymore, let alone in they decaying medium of forums.

Yeah, the last decade has been a super zoomed blur of insanity and craziness mixed in with static boredom. And no, it wasn't all the drink/drugs/porn that made it zoom by so fast. And yes it is a lot to do with getting older and time flying by faster. And no, you weren't the only one to notice it or experience it subjectively like that; maybe you were tapping in to some kind of objective reality after all.
 

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2014 til the present day does feel like a blur but except with there was something about the 4chan style shitpost meme culture. It's hard to exactly explain but much of the 2010s culture felt sterile, corporate and unnatural and looking back it felt like a dull blur. However the very organic and naturally happened 4chan meme culture does appears to me like a distinct categorized timeline. Both because we participated in it and we were shaped by it. The point is Meme Magic is real.
 
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It's nothing less than insane to me to think of 2011 being a decade ago, 2012 being close to it and 2013 being the better part of a decade ago.
The various "circus acts" of social and political trends of the 2010s feel like a blur too. Like the reactions to the Elliot Rodger mass shooting, the whole freakshow of GamerGate, the fedora'd euphoric neckbeard, the "MGTOW" fad, the #MeToo thing, and the SJWs on Tumblr fad feel recent.

hey @benutz (post too long so bug won't let me quote it)

What if Current Year Clown World really was a plan by technocrats to finish breaking down and rebuilding "society" as cybernetic slaves, hence the "acceleration"?

Either way, 2020 has given me a rather pessimistic outlook on the species. Hopefully the world gets better.
 
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Depends. I agree that the decade felt like it was split into 3 parts. 2010-2013, 2014-2016, and 2017-2019/20. (And with hindsight, the Covid years of 2020/2021+ may be its own special subset.)

The early part of the decade was decently hopefulish despite pain. The 2008 crash was still very acute for most people and evictions peaked in 2011. However, things were on the path of recovery and the worst of the economic woes were over by 2012. Pop culture wise it felt like the tail end of the late 00's. Several movies, games, and other trends released here were actually good and well done. Some of the big power moves in pop culture, like Disney buying Star Wars, seemed like it was going to be the begining of something amazing.

2014 saw a lot of shit go tits up. Gamergate being a really big screw over to pop culture. Along with major geopolitical fallout in the Middle East. (ISIS and Syria especially.) The entire Arab Spring basically stalled and stagnated and ended up just shuffling to yet another dictator instead of actual reform and democracy. Pop culture radically shifted to "like what we want" and "creation by committee" to please MBA corporate types and cowtowing to Chinese markets. Gay marriage got recognized in the states and we saw an immediate push to the more extreme Trans degeneracy. (Seriously, check just how many people suddenly came out as trans or LGBTQ that year. It's way beyond normal trends.) Social Media and smartphones reached mass saturation and effectively everyone had access to the Internet.

2016 was a big breaking point for a lot of people. Trump getting elected changed things forever. Trump was a big pushback against a lot of the crazy shit that popped up in 2014-16. However, instead of learning from this, most media and pop culture went batshit. The tech and social media crackdown in the following years was insane. You could tell the major tech power players were taken off guard and took active steps to avoid the loss of narrative control. Everything became politicized. Cultural Marxism, long since spread at the college level, began to see major pushes in grade schools. Starting around 2017 "deconstructions" became a huge new meta trend. Everything fun and good had to be reworked to actually being terrible and needing to be replaced with a modern woke agenda.

Where we are now is pretty much a continuation of this last era. We're now openly seeing racism/bigotry towards Whites and Asians that would have been called out as such 20 years ago. Big pushes into openly rewriting and tearing down history as well as reframing everything from the past as evil and/or not living up to current woke standards. Major governments trampled over civil liberties for the Covid lockdowns and we are still seeing the fallout. (Protip: Most are not going to hand back most of the power they grabbed for themselves.)

The most concerning thing is that the late years of this decade saw a big push into normalizing violence and rioting. The "It's just property" mantra entered here along with "mostly peaceful protests." We are actually watching people try and justify it in real time now.

Edit: I'd also argue we saw the beginnings of a big "girl power" push in 2013. The first few years of which were honestly fine. (We had something similar in the 90's and it worked fine.) However, around the time of Ghostbusters 2016 and The Last Jedi, it turned insanely mysandric. Most children's programming now actively excludes boys or does stuff like Stephen Universe and actively makes the character reject masculinity.
 
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Big pushes into openly rewriting and tearing down history as well as reframing everything from the past as evil and/or not loving up to current woke standards.
Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.
[honk honk]
 

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@benutz
I was big in to Terrence McKenna and that whole Timewave 0 theory. I even downloaded the program and installed it on my laptop and ran it a few times. I remember when it was New Year's Eve 2011 and 2012 came in to being. Nope, still here. Don't feel any different...
What is all that?

But then...

It didn't take long for the future to arrive. Weird shit started happening. Anomalies. Unexplainable stuff. And bit by bit, new discoveries in science were being made and old dreams such as quantum computers and nuclear fusion came in to being. The first teleportation of atoms. The first invisibility cloak. Bam bam bam, hit after hit until it just couldn't be ignored anymore, the future wasn't just arriving, by 2014 it had fully arrived. The peak of the industrial revolution. Everything that man had worked towards he had achieved. Or could see that it would be fully realisable in the coming years (quantum computers + nuclear fusion).

2014 was, in many ways [CURRENT YEAR]. I know that it's stated as being 2015, and it is as well in many ways. It was some kind of pinnacle of science, civilisation, futurology, and all mixed in with an understanding and connection to history, to each other and ourselves as a species - humanity.

2014/2015 was where the rubber met the road and the shit well and truly hit the fan. Then it got weirder from there.
I remember in the early 2010s there was lots of talk about stuff like the singularity.

The technological leap from 2000 to 2010 was insane so anything seemed possible and yeah, 2014 kind of felt like a peak of that, remember there was that forgotten Johnny Depp movie about the singularity.

Despite some bad things that happened early in the decade, there was still a hopeful vibe that is just totally gone today, it did feel like big change was coming and sure enough there was, but it was all change for the worse.

Edit: I'd also argue we saw the beginnings of a big "girl power" push in 2013. The first few years of which were honestly fine. (We had something similar in the 90's and it worked fine.) However, around the time of Ghostbusters 2016 and The Last Jedi, it turned insanely mysandric. Most children's programming now actively excludes boys or does stuff like Stephen Universe and actively makes the character reject masculinity.
It was never fine, 2010s feminism was always deeply misandrist, obnoxious and out of touch with reality from the start, I hated that shit from the word go.
 

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Depends. I agree that the decade felt like it was split into 3 parts. 2010-2013, 2014-2016, and 2017-2019/20. (And with hindsight, the Covid years of 2020/2021+ may be its own special subset.)
The best part of the decade was the first part, but the trouble is that it was just kind of boring, nothing particularly interesting or exciting was going on culturally or in general, but there was a feeling of potential that good change was coming and boring is preferable to today's constant fight or flight feeling, there was an inherent sense of calmness I used to feel back then that is just gone today, it was nice while it lasted feeling like you weren't living in a world that hates you and wants you dead.

The second part is when things got more interesting culturally, I would say 2015 was the decade's peak year as far as pop culture goes, trouble is that was when Woke politics was gaining steam, I remember feeling really depressed in fall of 2014, knowing things had taken a bad turn, but 2015 was the last year that things ever felt in any way normal.

Then we have 2017-2019/20 which is when things truly became a nightmare, but at least 2017-2019 was pre-Covid, the genuine hate and insanity that has outpoured from the left though has been terrifying though, I've never seen anything like it in my whole life.
 

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I don't think it was a blur at all, but then, I'm probably younger than some of the people in this thread. In the 2010s I was finishing up high school and then going to university. For me, the time actually went very slowly and I can vividly picture what each year felt like individually. 2013 to me feels like a completely different world to 2019. The cultural changes that seemed to come around 2016 were so pervasive that it's difficult for me to look at those two years as even being part of the same decade.

A few people have said it but there was one thing we had in the 2010-2015 period that we simply didn't have in the post-2016 period: Optimism. Regardless of what political background you were from, in the west at least, those first 5 years of the decade felt drastically more optimistic than what came after. People look back now and say "well we could see that X event led to Y", such as seeing that the Tumblr SJW fad led to the all-pervasiveness of woke and cancel culture in the late 2010s, but at the time no one could have known that. Similarly, someone of a progressive bent might look back on the Tea Party in the US or the rise of UKIP around 2013 in the UK and say "these were early signs of the rise of the alt-right", but it simply wasn't looked at in that way. 2010-2015 was a remarkably centrist era compared to now and most people looked at "the crazies" on both sides and dismissed them as if they would be short-lived fads. There was an optimism that most people had because they didn't believe the norms we had grown accustomed to could be broken.

One thing that people DID seem to overestimate and thought would drag on for years, but kind of didn't, was ISIS. Around 2014/15 it seemed to be the consensus that we were re-entering the War on Terror big time and that ISIS could establish itself as a major regional power in the Middle East that we would have to reckon with. But it ended up being a conflict that mainly played out in the background and, a few years later, dropped from the news cycle entirely.

Covid fucked with everything too because it effectively put us in a cultural time-loop for 2 years, while also changing the course of some events that probably would have been different if not for the pandemic. Before covid, one might have assumed the woke trend was dying out in the same way that the alt-right trend fizzled out around 2018, but with covid, we basically froze at the point we were in February 2020 with little room for further development due to perpetual lockdowns. You then get the BLM riots (Which I don't believe would have been anywhere near as bad if not for lockdowns meaning they were the ONLY news item and the ONLY acceptable reason to go outside), which gives a massive jolt to the social justice rhetoric at a time when many of us thought it was on its way out. Then, the 2020 US election, which I think a lot of us assume Trump would have won if not for all the post-March pandemic chaos and economic downturn as a result.

What does 2021 look like in a world where covid never happened, where BLM didn't receive it's second jolt (or at least not in such a big way), and where Trump won re-election? In that universe, we might already be at the beginnings of a new "cultural decade" and looking back at 2016-2020 as being an era that's already concluded. But, as we are now, I'd say we're still in the post-2016 cultural era. People are getting bored with the news topics being exactly the same (except now with the addition of covid-related misery) and how political people are just doubling-down on the same beliefs they had before.

If anything, I'd say that the time we're living in right now is where the real blur is. People in future will struggle to differentiate any years between 2016-2020 unless they had any major life events in that period, and especially now in the covid era, 2020 and 2021 seem more like one long year rather than two separate ones.