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

were the 2010s a blur?

  • yep

    Votes: 96 76.2%
  • nope

    Votes: 30 23.8%

  • Total voters
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ToroidalBoat

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2020 and 2021 seem more like one long year rather than two separate ones.
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.
 

Dom Cruise

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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.
2013 was the last hurrah for any remnants of 2000s culture, it is crazy to think 2013 and 2019 were in 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 about the Tea Party is they never advocated for violence, meanwhile the left is all like " punch Nazis!" and "go out and riot"

To some degree our modern political zeitgeist did start with the Tea Party, but the left wing is who made things get so bad by bringing violence to the table.

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.
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)

Covid fucked with everything too because it effectively put us in a cultural time-loop for 2 years
It's been a surreal as hell 2 years.

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.
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.
 

ToroidalBoat

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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.
Maybe it could be like this: blur 2010s, slow 2020, and then a blur for some time after?
 

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It feels like a year ago to me somtimes since around the early 2010's was when i was in middle school and high school. I remembered when justin bieber was huge in 2011 and sround 2012 or so he lost relevancy quick and how nostalgic game consoles was starting to gain traction.
I remember around 2014 when SJW was starting to catch on and it was mainly because of how the left started power tripping after obama's relection and by 2015, it was common for people to claim they're moving to canada if Trump wins the election and how people constantly bitches about him 4 years straight and how the entertainment industry kept pumping out trump jokes after trump jokes and the sad thing is that people like Jimmy kimmel are STILL MAKING TRUMP JOKES ALMOST A YEARSINTO BIDEN'S TERM.

I miss the 2010's despite being born in 97 qnd growing up in the 2000's. I remember when newgrounds was huge before FNF made it relevant again.
 

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I'm surprised this hasn't been posted yet. It's this thread in video form.

Skyrim feels like a recent game, but it came out about a decade ago.
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.
 

Dom Cruise

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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.
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.