History UsefulNotes / TheOughts

24th Jul '17 6:08:02 PM jenniferz11_
Is there an issue? Send a Message


At the same time, openly gay or bisexual entertainers, such as Creator/NeilPatrickHarris, Music/LadyGaga, [[Series/{{Glee}} Jane Lynch]], Creator/AnnaPaquin, Creaotr/JohnBarrowman, and Creator/EllenDegeneres (who hosted a highly successful daytime talk show, in what is traditionally viewed as a rather conservative TV timeslot), achieved substantial popularity when, in prior decades, they would have been shunned by the mainstream. The fact that, by the end of the decade, Lynch and Harris were able to appear on children's programs like ''Series/ICarly'' and ''Series/SesameStreet'' without anybody accusing them of "''[[ConspiracyTheorist recruiting for the gay agenda!]]''" is a major advancement over the prevailing wisdom just five years earlier, when ''SpongeBob'' and ''Series/{{Teletubbies}}'' were accused of the same.\\

to:

At the same time, openly gay or bisexual entertainers, such as Creator/NeilPatrickHarris, Music/LadyGaga, [[Series/{{Glee}} Jane Lynch]], Creator/AnnaPaquin, Creaotr/JohnBarrowman, Creator/JohnBarrowman, and Creator/EllenDegeneres (who hosted a highly successful daytime talk show, in what is traditionally viewed as a rather conservative TV timeslot), achieved substantial popularity when, in prior decades, they would have been shunned by the mainstream. The fact that, by the end of the decade, Lynch and Harris were able to appear on children's programs like ''Series/ICarly'' and ''Series/SesameStreet'' without anybody accusing them of "''[[ConspiracyTheorist recruiting for the gay agenda!]]''" is a major advancement over the prevailing wisdom just five years earlier, when ''SpongeBob'' and ''Series/{{Teletubbies}}'' were accused of the same.\\
10th Jul '17 12:40:20 PM justanid
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The Internet really started developing (that is, of course, if corporate assimilation and conglomeration are to be defined as progress) throughout this decade. Perhaps the biggest indicator of online growth was the consolidation of various websites. Whereas early on, you could conceivably find about 30 sites on which to shop for electronics or search for other sites, a few frontrunners started emerging from the pack. Amazon started swallowing up the e-tailers, Website/{{Google}} was the predominant search engine, and Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} slowly became the be-all end-all for information.

to:

* The Internet really started developing (that is, of course, if (if corporate assimilation and conglomeration are to be defined as progress) throughout this decade. Perhaps the biggest indicator of online growth was the consolidation of various websites. Whereas early on, you could conceivably find about 30 sites on which to shop for electronics or search for other sites, a few frontrunners started emerging from the pack. Amazon started swallowing up the e-tailers, Website/{{Google}} was the predominant search engine, and Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} slowly became the be-all end-all for information.



* By the end of the decade, everything that could feasibly have Internet access did. Cell phones were the most obvious among these.
** Even without Internet access in the traditional sense, a lot of things are wi-fi enabled for more simple reasons, including alarm clocks with wi-fi which automatically reset themselves in the event of a power outage.

to:

* By In August 2004, [[Wiki/TVTropes TV Tropes Wiki]] debuted on the end of internet and revolutionized the decade, everything that could feasibly have Internet access did. Cell phones were the most obvious among these.
** Even without Internet access
way in the traditional sense, a lot of things are wi-fi enabled for more simple reasons, including alarm clocks with wi-fi which automatically reset themselves in the event [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife millions of people viewed entertainment]]. Hey, who says we don't have a power outage.right to toot our own horn?



* In August 2004, [[Wiki/TVTropes TV Tropes Wiki]] debuted on the internet and revolutionized the way in which [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife millions of people viewed entertainment]]. Hey, who says we don't have a right to toot our own horn?



* As prices continued to fall, more people started using laptop computers instead of desktop computers. By the end of the decade, the only people who used desktop computers were generally office workers and serious gamers. The adoption of laptops was spurred in large part by the previously mentioned spread of Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi had become a standard component in the early years of the decade.




to:

* As prices continued to fall, more people started using laptop computers instead of desktop computers. By the end of the decade, the only people who used desktop computers were generally office workers and serious gamers. The adoption of laptops was spurred in large part by the spread of Wi-Fi.
** Cell-phones went from communication devices with increasing computational power to portable computers, with high-end models rivaling low-end laptop and desktop computers. In 2008 the HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1 / Era G1) was only $180 and ran the new [[TechnologyMarchesOn/{{Computers}} open source]] operating system [[MobilePhoneGame Android]]. By comparison [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Laptop_per_Child One Laptop per Child]], a 2005 non-profit initiative to get computers for children in developing countries, had its lowest estimate around $250[[labelnote:note]]As of 2017 it's now around $209[[/labelnote]].
* By the end of the decade, everything that could feasibly have Internet access did. Even without Internet access in the traditional sense, a lot of things were wi-fi enabled for more simple reasons, including alarm clocks with wi-fi which automatically reset themselves in the event of a power outage.
** In 1999 the [[UsefulNotes/{{NSA}} USA's NSA]] raised concerns about the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furby#Security_concerns Furby]], a toy with a microphone and (infrared) wireless capabilities being modified to listen in on conversations. With the spread of wi-fi, this become a greater problem: the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_of_things Internet of Things.]] Any device with wi-fi that, like it's non-networked version is intended to be used for years, would only have software updates (if any) for less than a year, usually the length of its warranty. And any computer system without up-to-date security becomes a potential weak-point for the wireless network it is connected to. Starting in the oughties, millions of devices have been unnecessarily created with wi-fi that can still be found in use today, making for a global security issue that won't be easily resolved.
9th Jun '17 7:46:57 AM erforce
Is there an issue? Send a Message


The 2000s also bore witness to the Great Horror Movie {{Remake}} Trend, with [[Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2003 seemingly]] [[Film/{{Halloween 2007}} every]] [[Film/TheFog notable]] [[Film/DawnOfTheDead2004 70s]] [[Film/TheWickerMan and]] [[Film/PromNight2008 80s]] [[Film/TheAmityvilleHorror2005 fright]] [[Film/TheOmen2006 flick]] [[Film/MyBloodyValentine3D getting]] [[Film/WhenAStrangerCalls a]] [[Film/TheHillsHaveEyes2006 remake]] [[Film/TheHitcher at]] [[Film/BlackChristmas2006 some]] [[Film/ItsAlive point]] [[Film/AprilFoolsDay during]] [[Film/DayOfTheDead2008 the]] [[Film/FridayThe13th2009 decade]].

to:

The 2000s also bore witness to the Great Horror Movie {{Remake}} Trend, with [[Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2003 seemingly]] [[Film/{{Halloween 2007}} every]] [[Film/TheFog notable]] [[Film/DawnOfTheDead2004 70s]] [[Film/TheWickerMan [[Film/TheWickerMan2006 and]] [[Film/PromNight2008 80s]] [[Film/TheAmityvilleHorror2005 fright]] [[Film/TheOmen2006 flick]] [[Film/MyBloodyValentine3D getting]] [[Film/WhenAStrangerCalls a]] [[Film/TheHillsHaveEyes2006 remake]] [[Film/TheHitcher at]] [[Film/BlackChristmas2006 some]] [[Film/ItsAlive point]] [[Film/AprilFoolsDay during]] [[Film/DayOfTheDead2008 the]] [[Film/FridayThe13th2009 decade]].
29th May '17 12:18:03 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Cable programming truly came into its own; {{Creator/HBO}}, backed by such hits as ''Series/TheSopranos'' and ''Series/SexAndTheCity'', developed a reputation as the best producer of episodic television for quite a few years. Those two shows could usually be counted on to sweep the Emmys anytime they were nominated. {{Showtime}} would join them in prestige towards the end of the decade with hits like ''Series/NurseJackie'' and ''Series/{{Dexter}}''. Creator/{{AMC}} and [=FX=] would also join in the original-programming game later on, with fantastic results. Additionally, the Creator/USANetwork has put out a string of successful shows, most notably ''Series/{{Monk}}'', which gave star Tony Shalhoub eight Emmy nominations (and three wins). Added to that the success of shows such as ''WhiteCollar'' and ''Series/BurnNotice,'' and USA at times seems to be in better shape that its "parent" network, NBC.

to:

* Cable programming truly came into its own; {{Creator/HBO}}, backed by such hits as ''Series/TheSopranos'' and ''Series/SexAndTheCity'', developed a reputation as the best producer of episodic television for quite a few years. Those two shows could usually be counted on to sweep the Emmys anytime they were nominated. {{Showtime}} would join them in prestige towards the end of the decade with hits like ''Series/NurseJackie'' and ''Series/{{Dexter}}''. Creator/{{AMC}} and [=FX=] would also join in the original-programming game later on, with fantastic results. Additionally, the Creator/USANetwork has put out a string of successful shows, most notably ''Series/{{Monk}}'', which gave star Tony Shalhoub eight Emmy nominations (and three wins). Added to that the success of shows such as ''WhiteCollar'' ''Series/WhiteCollar'' and ''Series/BurnNotice,'' and USA at times seems to be in better shape that its "parent" network, NBC.
20th May '17 12:58:43 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Cable programming truly came into its own; {{Creator/HBO}}, backed by such hits as ''Series/TheSopranos'' and ''Series/SexAndTheCity'', developed a reputation as the best producer of episodic television for quite a few years. Those two shows could usually be counted on to sweep the Emmys anytime they were nominated. {{Showtime}} would join them in prestige towards the end of the decade with hits like ''Series/NurseJackie'' and ''Series/{{Dexter}}''. Creator/{{AMC}} and [=FX=] would also join in the original-programming game later on, with fantastic results. Additionally, the USANetwork has put out a string of successful shows, most notably ''Series/{{Monk}}'', which gave star Tony Shalhoub eight Emmy nominations (and three wins). Added to that the success of shows such as ''WhiteCollar'' and ''Series/BurnNotice,'' and USA at times seems to be in better shape that its "parent" network, NBC.

to:

* Cable programming truly came into its own; {{Creator/HBO}}, backed by such hits as ''Series/TheSopranos'' and ''Series/SexAndTheCity'', developed a reputation as the best producer of episodic television for quite a few years. Those two shows could usually be counted on to sweep the Emmys anytime they were nominated. {{Showtime}} would join them in prestige towards the end of the decade with hits like ''Series/NurseJackie'' and ''Series/{{Dexter}}''. Creator/{{AMC}} and [=FX=] would also join in the original-programming game later on, with fantastic results. Additionally, the USANetwork Creator/USANetwork has put out a string of successful shows, most notably ''Series/{{Monk}}'', which gave star Tony Shalhoub eight Emmy nominations (and three wins). Added to that the success of shows such as ''WhiteCollar'' and ''Series/BurnNotice,'' and USA at times seems to be in better shape that its "parent" network, NBC.
16th May '17 12:45:24 PM Morgenthaler
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The "single camera, on-location, laugh track-free" sitcom becomes commonplace on both sides of the Atlantic thanks to the success of shows like ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', ''Series/StrangersWithCandy'', ''{{Spaced}}'' and ''Series/TheLarrySandersShow'' at the end of the last decade. These shows, including ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', ''TheOffice'' (both versions), ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'', ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', ''Series/PeepShow'', ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', ''FlightOfTheConchords'', ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'', ''Series/ModernFamily'', and ''Series/{{Community}}'' (the last two, premiering in 2009, means this may last far into TheNewTens) aren't all ratings hits, but they are often beloved by television critics and a small passionate fanbase. Some wind up being canceled by [[TheFireflyEffect networks who weren't willing to give them a fighting chance]], although many - despite their poor ratings - are [[AdoredByTheNetwork as loved by the network]] as they are by their fanbase and are kept on long after a show with its ratings should have been canceled.

to:

* The "single camera, on-location, laugh track-free" sitcom becomes commonplace on both sides of the Atlantic thanks to the success of shows like ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', ''Series/StrangersWithCandy'', ''{{Spaced}}'' ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' and ''Series/TheLarrySandersShow'' at the end of the last decade. These shows, including ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', ''TheOffice'' (both versions), ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'', ''Series/ThirtyRock'', ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', ''Series/PeepShow'', ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', ''FlightOfTheConchords'', ''Series/FlightOfTheConchords'', ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'', ''Series/ModernFamily'', and ''Series/{{Community}}'' (the last two, premiering in 2009, means this may last far into TheNewTens) aren't all ratings hits, but they are often beloved by television critics and a small passionate fanbase. Some wind up being canceled by [[TheFireflyEffect networks who weren't willing to give them a fighting chance]], although many - despite their poor ratings - are [[AdoredByTheNetwork as loved by the network]] as they are by their fanbase and are kept on long after a show with its ratings should have been canceled.
13th May '17 4:11:16 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


In hindsight, this may have been the JumpTheShark moment for America's MoralGuardians, showcasing the disconnect between them and a society that was becoming increasingly accepting of sexual content. It's telling that, just five years later, they proved to be impotent at putting up much of a challenge to {{MTV}}'s ''Series/JerseyShore''. Perhaps the clearest sign of how the tide had turned was when, in 2011, Music/NickiMinaj had a very similar malfunction while performing on ''Good Morning America'', having one of her breasts fall out of her top while she was dancing on stage.[[note]]To say nothing of the fact that a pop star as outwardly sexualized as Nicki Minaj was able to perform on ''Good Morning America'' in the first place.[[/note]] The usual guardians tried to drum up an outrage over it, but it seemed like the majority of people responded with a very simple "meh."

to:

In hindsight, this may have been the JumpTheShark moment for America's MoralGuardians, showcasing the disconnect between them and a society that was becoming increasingly accepting of sexual content. It's telling that, just five years later, they proved to be impotent at putting up much of a challenge to {{MTV}}'s Creator/{{MTV}}'s ''Series/JerseyShore''. Perhaps the clearest sign of how the tide had turned was when, in 2011, Music/NickiMinaj had a very similar malfunction while performing on ''Good Morning America'', having one of her breasts fall out of her top while she was dancing on stage.[[note]]To say nothing of the fact that a pop star as outwardly sexualized as Nicki Minaj was able to perform on ''Good Morning America'' in the first place.[[/note]] The usual guardians tried to drum up an outrage over it, but it seemed like the majority of people responded with a very simple "meh."
7th Apr '17 4:00:08 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Increasing media globalization, the rise of TV on DVD, and the creation of [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] America led to what can be described as a [[TheBritishInvasion British Telly Invasion]] of US airwaves in the latter half of the decade. For the first time, American viewers could get their ''Series/DoctorWho'', ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', ''Series/{{Skins}}'', ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'', ''TopGear'' and other BritishSeries almost day and date with their British counterparts rather than having to depend on unreliable Creator/{{PBS}} stations, allowing UK television to [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff gain substantial popularity]] across ThePond. American networks took notice and [[TransAtlanticEquivalent remade]] some of the more successful British shows; the results ranged from the spectacular (''TheOffice'') to the... [[AdaptationDecay unremarkable]] (''Series/{{Coupling}}'', ''Series/{{Skins}}'').

to:

* Increasing media globalization, the rise of TV on DVD, and the creation of [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] America led to what can be described as a [[TheBritishInvasion British Telly Invasion]] of US airwaves in the latter half of the decade. For the first time, American viewers could get their ''Series/DoctorWho'', ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', ''Series/{{Skins}}'', ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'', ''TopGear'' and other BritishSeries almost day and date with their British counterparts rather than having to depend on unreliable Creator/{{PBS}} stations, allowing UK television to [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff gain substantial popularity]] across ThePond.UsefulNotes/ThePond. American networks took notice and [[TransAtlanticEquivalent remade]] some of the more successful British shows; the results ranged from the spectacular (''TheOffice'') to the... [[AdaptationDecay unremarkable]] (''Series/{{Coupling}}'', ''Series/{{Skins}}'').
4th Apr '17 5:39:47 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* This decade was the dark age of Disney's animation studios, who released film after unsuccessful film during this decade. In its place, a rivalry emerged; {{Pixar}} proved to be a powerhouse, matched only by Creator/DreamWorksAnimation. Ask someone about the most memorable films of this decade, and they'll tell you movies like ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' (2004), the ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' CashCowFranchise (2001-2010), ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' (2008) and ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' (2009), the latter even being nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, only the [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast second animated film]] to ever do so. However, Disney got better by the end of the decade, going back to its DisneyRenaissance roots with ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' (2009).

to:

* This decade was the dark age of Disney's animation studios, who released film after unsuccessful film during this decade. In its place, a rivalry emerged; {{Pixar}} Creator/{{Pixar}} proved to be a powerhouse, matched only by Creator/DreamWorksAnimation. Ask someone about the most memorable films of this decade, and they'll tell you movies like ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' (2004), the ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' CashCowFranchise (2001-2010), ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' (2008) and ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' (2009), the latter even being nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, only the [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast second animated film]] to ever do so. However, Disney got better by the end of the decade, going back to its DisneyRenaissance roots with ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' (2009).
26th Mar '17 3:13:52 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* New Wave Revival came out of the aforementioned movement very quickly. Vancouver band Hot Hot Heat was one of the earliest successes, followed by loads and loads of (mostly British) artists. As websites like [[TheOnion The A.V. Club]] and Pitchfork Media became the industry tastemakers instead of magazines like ''Spin'' and ''Rolling Stone'', New Wave Revival became synonymous with smart, versatile music.

to:

* New Wave Revival came out of the aforementioned movement very quickly. Vancouver band Hot Hot Heat was one of the earliest successes, followed by loads and loads of (mostly British) artists. As websites like [[TheOnion The A.V. Club]] Website/AVClub and Pitchfork Media became the industry tastemakers instead of magazines like ''Spin'' and ''Rolling Stone'', New Wave Revival became synonymous with smart, versatile music.
This list shows the last 10 events of 410. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=UsefulNotes.TheOughts