Good riddance. That's what columnists have to say to a decade that was
less than wonderful. From September 11 and the war in Afghanistan, to
the recession, to the Internet, they say the '00s were a long and
complicated 10 years. As the decade finally comes to an end, bloggers
drum up a few choice phrases to describe the era. How to say goodbye to
- The Decade From Hell Andy Serwer
of Time Magazine says the American dream is dimmer than it was ten
years ago. "Bookended by 9/11 at the start and a financial wipeout at
the end, the
first 10 years of this century will very likely go down as the most
dispiriting and disillusioning decade Americans have lived through in
the post-World War II era."
- The Era of Misplaced Anxiety David Segal
of The New York Times says that might be most accurate. "The decade
began with a frenzy of fear about the Y2k millennium bug, which many
technology experts said would sunder computers, crash jets and wreak
havoc in every corner of the globe. As that non-emergency passed, a
genuine threat quietly gathered in the form of a plot to fell the twin
- The 'Whatevers' Decade Danny Groner
of Mediaite says Time Magazine got it right when it predicted the era
would be the referred to as the "Whatever" decade ten years ago. Now
though, Groner says the moniker has assumed a decidedly darker tone.
"'Whatever you want, you got' turned into a less involved, less
enthusiastic and less caring 'whatever' attitude. Some Americans have
adopted a doomsday outlook to cope with a world where bad news never
fails to stop piling on. The 'Whatever' generation rolls its eyes,
shakes its head, and talks about how things can't get any worse. What
hurts most is remembering times when things weren't nearly as bad."
- The Great Leap Backwards Michael Toth
of The Frum Forum says it's fitting. "So here's my nomination for the
name to give the 2000s: the great leap backwards! Sound like bad news?
Not at all. After all, the future we saw in the 00s didn't always
- Radiohead's Idioteque Explains the Decade At True Slant, Colin Horgan
matches the song's lyrics to the decade's malaise. "We panicked through
Y2K and 9/11 (Who's in a bunker? Who's in a bunker? Women and children
first/ And the children first); we became distracted by something
called "reality" television because we couldn't deal with our own (I
laugh until my head comes off); ate like moron kings (Swallow 'til I
burst/ Until I burst); watched some more T.V. (I've seen too much/ You
haven't seen enough/ You haven't seen it/ Laugh until my head comes
off); and panicked some more (Women and children first/ And the
- The Lost Decade The Atlantic's Derek Thompson
spells it out. "Private sector job growth in the last ten years is now
negative for the first time since the Great Depression. Income for the
median American household fell for the first time in four decades
according to the new Census report. And it's possible we haven't hit
the bottom in either category."
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