History UsefulNotes / TheOughts

7th Apr '17 4:00:08 PM nombretomado
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* 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}}'').

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* 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
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* 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).

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* 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
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* 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.

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* 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.
18th Mar '17 5:41:16 AM LentilSandEater
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* In '''2008''', UsefulNotes/BarackObama was elected President of the United States and sworn in the following year, making him the first black man to do so.
** Also in '''2008''', a long-coming, massive economic bubble burst in the US, resulting in an economic recession that almost, but not quite, rivaled the Great Depression in terms of fallout. The effects resonated throughout the world, resulting in the collapse of the Greek and Irish economies, hideously high unemployment worldwide, and other terrible consequences (such as the appearance of "ghost towns" throughout the Iberian peninsula: fully constructed, modern cities that have been abandoned). The economic crisis, in the US, resulted in a backlash against "corrupt banks" and a business-friendly Congress, culminating in such events as the Occupy Wall Street movement and a closer scrutiny of banking policies and practices.

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* In '''2008''', '''2008''',
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UsefulNotes/BarackObama was elected President of the United States and sworn in the following year, making him the first black man to do so.
** Also in '''2008''', a A long-coming, massive economic bubble burst in the US, resulting in an economic recession that almost, but not quite, rivaled the Great Depression in terms of fallout. The effects resonated throughout the world, resulting in the collapse of the Greek and Irish economies, hideously high unemployment worldwide, and other terrible consequences (such as the appearance of "ghost towns" throughout the Iberian peninsula: fully constructed, modern cities that have been abandoned). The economic crisis, in the US, resulted in a backlash against "corrupt banks" and a business-friendly Congress, culminating in such events as the Occupy Wall Street movement and a closer scrutiny of banking policies and practices.
18th Mar '17 5:39:36 AM LentilSandEater
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* On September 11, '''2001''', four commercial airliners were hijacked by nineteen terrorists from the Islamist militia al-Qaeda. Two of them were crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City (one plane for each tower), the third divebombed the Pentagon in Arlington County. On the fourth plane, bound for either the White House or Capitol, the passengers were able to deduce the motives of the hijackers after learning from relatives about the attacks on New York & DC and [[HopeSpot banded together to take back control of the plane and return it to safety]]. The hijackers, however, [[ShootTheShaggyDog counterattacked]] by [[TakingYouWithMe crashing the plane in a field just outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania]]; the passengers are now revered for what is considered a HeroicSacrifice. Back in NYC, the Twin Towers collapsed as a result of fires caused by the plane crashes, causing the destruction of the rest of the World Trade Center & the surrounding area and causing widespread air pollution with serious health problems to go with it. Discounting the 19 hijackers, the attacks killed 2,978 people total (the most recent victim died in 2015 of health complications caused by the towers' collapse), making it the deadliest terrorist attack in recorded history. If you're really too young to remember, it was a '''''HUGE''''' deal when it happened, on par with the attack on Pearl Harbor (then-president UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush even compared the two attacks in his journal the following evening). Like Pearl Harbor, 9/11 was a breeding ground for [[GovernmentConspiracy conspiracy]] [[FalseFlagOperation theorists]], though the aforementioned explanation is the most commonly accepted version of events.

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* In '''2001''':
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On September 11, '''2001''', 11th, four commercial airliners were hijacked by nineteen terrorists from the Islamist militia al-Qaeda. Two of them were crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City (one plane for each tower), the third divebombed the Pentagon in Arlington County. On the fourth plane, bound for either the White House or Capitol, the passengers were able to deduce the motives of the hijackers after learning from relatives about the attacks on New York & DC and [[HopeSpot banded together to take back control of the plane and return it to safety]]. The hijackers, however, [[ShootTheShaggyDog counterattacked]] by [[TakingYouWithMe crashing the plane in a field just outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania]]; the passengers are now revered for what is considered a HeroicSacrifice. Back in NYC, the Twin Towers collapsed as a result of fires caused by the plane crashes, causing the destruction of the rest of the World Trade Center & the surrounding area and causing widespread air pollution with serious health problems to go with it. Discounting the 19 hijackers, the attacks killed 2,978 people total (the most recent victim died in 2015 of health complications caused by the towers' collapse), making it the deadliest terrorist attack in recorded history. If you're really too young to remember, it was a '''''HUGE''''' deal when it happened, on par with the attack on Pearl Harbor (then-president UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush even compared the two attacks in his journal the following evening). Like Pearl Harbor, 9/11 was a breeding ground for [[GovernmentConspiracy conspiracy]] [[FalseFlagOperation theorists]], though the aforementioned explanation is the most commonly accepted version of events.
10th Feb '17 4:17:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[PopPunk Pop-punk]] and Music/{{emo}} reached new heights of popularity, a boom that started in the late '90s with TheOffspring, Jimmy Eat World, {{Weezer}} and Music/{{Blink 182}}, and exploded in 2002 with GoodCharlotte, Simple Plan, Music/DashboardConfessional and AvrilLavigne. With it came the stereotype of their fans as being [[EmoTeen wangsty teenagers]] wearing hoodies, dyed bangs and tight jeans who [[AppealToWorseProblems didn't know what "real" problems were like]]. The media would often treat emo as ''[[YouCanPanicNow the latest threat to your children!]]'', one that would make them depressed and suicidal, and emo kids would often find themselves subjected to violence. The backlash caused a lot of emo bands to vociferously deny that they were emo, out of fear of being hit with the stereotype.

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* [[PopPunk Pop-punk]] and Music/{{emo}} reached new heights of popularity, a boom that started in the late '90s with TheOffspring, Music/TheOffspring, Jimmy Eat World, {{Weezer}} Music/{{Weezer}} and Music/{{Blink 182}}, and exploded in 2002 with GoodCharlotte, Simple Plan, Music/GoodCharlotte, Music/SimplePlan, Music/DashboardConfessional and AvrilLavigne.Music/AvrilLavigne. With it came the stereotype of their fans as being [[EmoTeen wangsty teenagers]] wearing hoodies, dyed bangs and tight jeans who [[AppealToWorseProblems didn't know what "real" problems were like]]. The media would often treat emo as ''[[YouCanPanicNow the latest threat to your children!]]'', one that would make them depressed and suicidal, and emo kids would often find themselves subjected to violence. The backlash caused a lot of emo bands to vociferously deny that they were emo, out of fear of being hit with the stereotype.
25th Jan '17 12:56:50 PM ZombieAladdin
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** For that matter, the anime market in Japan itself had shrunk drastically due to the aforementioned focus on the otaku market. The studios and production committees discovered said otaku were willing to pay ludicrous prices for series they liked, high enough that the companies could remain financially stable through them alone. The most visible case of this shift was the rise in {{Moe}} through this decade, a genre otaku would take to wholeheartedly while being largely unappealing to any other psychographic. The industry would shift from this model and find real growth in the then-untapped female market, but that's a story for the following decade.



** Inverted in east Asia, particularly in China: With new money pouring into some of the Asian countries, their Nouveau Riche would display ConspicuousConsumption by dining on exotic, hard-to-get or downright-illegal foods, particularly seafood, causing widespread ecological damage in the oceans around them. This would come to a head in TheNewTens when Chinese fishermen, having wrecked parts of the seas around them, moved into international waters and waters under ownership of other countries, making enemies of every country around them.




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* This is the time when light-emitting diodes became cheap enough and powerful enough to enter widespread use. Europe severely limited the sale of plasma lights and banned importation into the continent outright, causing [=LEDs=] to ''really'' take off there. In the United States, meanwhile, LED light bulbs entered common use, and while incandescent and fluorescent bulbs were still more common, this was when the LED bulb stopped being a novelty or used strictly as indicator lights on control panels and started making a real impact on home and office lighting.
19th Jan '17 4:51:16 PM Xtifr
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* PostGrunge continued to dominate modern rock radio, but quickly became the new HairMetal. {{Music/Nickelback}} became the band that everyone listened to but refused to admit to it. {{Grunge}} holdouts Music/PearlJam somehow became the next GratefulDead, and one of PostGrunge's few critical darlings, Music/FooFighters, becomes one of the biggest pure rock bands in the world.

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* PostGrunge continued to dominate modern rock radio, but quickly became the new HairMetal. {{Music/Nickelback}} became the band that everyone listened to but refused to admit to it. {{Grunge}} holdouts Music/PearlJam somehow became the next GratefulDead, Music/TheGratefulDead, and one of PostGrunge's few critical darlings, Music/FooFighters, becomes one of the biggest pure rock bands in the world.
9th Nov '16 2:01:50 PM nombretomado
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** Speaking of digital distribution, JonathanCoulton became the first artist to make a living solely from digital distribution, through a combination of iTunes-style "preview and pay for individual songs" model, [[OneOfUs nerd appeal]], and tons of free advertising and publicity by said nerds.

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** Speaking of digital distribution, JonathanCoulton Music/JonathanCoulton became the first artist to make a living solely from digital distribution, through a combination of iTunes-style "preview and pay for individual songs" model, [[OneOfUs nerd appeal]], and tons of free advertising and publicity by said nerds.
29th Oct '16 11:42:26 AM nombretomado
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* For the first time since TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983, there is a successful Western-developed console in the form of Microsoft's UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}}, whose popularity has particularly been boosted by the Franchise/{{Halo}} franchise.

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* For the first time since TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983, UsefulNotes/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983, there is a successful Western-developed console in the form of Microsoft's UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}}, whose popularity has particularly been boosted by the Franchise/{{Halo}} franchise.
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