Well, that was quick.
Here we are, already in the last couple days of the first decade of the new millennium.
It seems like it was only yesterday that we were all getting paranoid about the mythical “Y2K bug” and here we are on the precipice of the year 2010.
Ten years ago today, I was complaining about AOL sending me free CD-ROMs for their service and now AOL is all but irrelevant, while Facebook holds sway as the current social networking paradigm.
Unfortunately, the media has neglected to identify this decade with a quick label by which it can be referred to for future eras.
I’ve heard some suggestions, some better than others. There’s a group based out of England pushing for the “aughts” and some here in the States prefer the “zeroes” but, frankly, I’m not terribly impressed with either. It seems like the historians or, at least the mathematicians, should pull their weight on this one.
But therein lies the inherent difficulty in identifying a span as long as a decade in an era where things progress so quickly.
Our culture has become so easily disposable that it’s not so much that a hot commodity is “here today and gone tomorrow” but is “here today” and gone today as well.
Andy Warhol famously quipped that in the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes, but I’d be willing to venture that number is probably overstating it a bit nowadays.
Perhaps that’s the real contribution of this decade… things becoming more easily digestible and thus more easily disposable.