True & Honest Fan
- Mar 29, 2014
2013 was the last hurrah for any remnants of 2000s culture, it is crazy to think 2013 and 2019 were in the same decade.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.
One thing about the Tea Party is they never advocated for violence, meanwhile the left is all like " punch Nazis!" and "go out and riot"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.
Now that we're out of Afghanistan we are very much in a post-War on Terror era (or a post post 9/11 era if you will)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.
It's been a surreal as hell 2 years.Covid fucked with everything too because it effectively put us in a cultural time-loop for 2 years
2021 has gone by in a flash, I literally can't believe it's already almost December again already.I've said it before, I see 2020-2021 as one year, even though at the same time the start of the coof feels long ago.
I guess the time blur is still going on to me.
Maybe it could be like this: blur 2010s, slow 2020, and then a blur for some time after?2021 has gone by in a flash, I literally can't believe it's already almost December again already.
2020 on the other hand, when I think back to the early part of the year, feels so long ago it's absurd, 2019 feels like a long time ago too, longer than a couple of years has felt in a long time.
I think this is not just an effect, but a cause. Very little is one and done these days. In the past, long, ongoing, consistently relevant entertainment was the exception.Skyrim feels like a recent game, but it came out about a decade ago.
It's true, games have longer legs these days, I remember revisiting some games from 2001 and 2002 once in 2004 and they seemed like they were fairly old at the time, now a few years old is still basically a new release.I think this is not just an effect, but a cause. Very little is one and done these days. In the past, long, ongoing, consistently relevant entertainment was the exception.
I'm reminded of Resident Evil Remake. It felt so long between the original and the remake, and the upgrade between the two was night and day. Meanwhile, games like The Last of Us get a "remaster" that is basically the same game.
Skyrim was released a decade ago, nine years ago, eight years ago, five years ago, four years ago, and last month. Nothing has come close to it technically in all that time so it continues to be popular. Other games spend years in "early access" getting constant patches and content updates, and even after "1.0" DLC and free content mean that games are made over time.
But has it really stopped though? It seems every year every doomsday sperg has been doubling down on their "This is the day the world ends!" nonsense. Hell, last year people were going "when they meant 2012, they really meant 2021!". Now that we're a decade on from 2012, I bet you right now that they'll double down on that doubling down.It's crazy that the year of "the rapture is totally going to happen", "the end of the world because an old calendar stops", and the fail of Occupy is already a decade ago.