History UsefulNotes / TheOughts

14th Jul '16 1:46:08 PM bowserbros
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* On May 24, 2002, Creator/{{Nintendo}} president Creator/HiroshiYamauchi retired after a 53-year tenure, less than a year after the release of the UsefulNotes/NintendoGamecube. Yamauchi later became the chairman of Nintendo's board of directors, before permanently retiring from the company on June 29, 2005, citing his age. Creator/SatoruIwata, the head of Nintendo's Corporate Planning Division, succeeded Yamauchi as president, and implemented a "blue ocean" strategy for the company where commercial success would be sought by providing innovative new products rather than directly battling competitors (this was a direct contrast from Yamauchi's attitude about Nintendo's products, particularly in regards to the cartridge-based Nintendo 64 and the minidisc-based Gamecube, both of which saw heavy criticism for their use of inferior storage media for the sake of profit). He would put this strategy into acting with the release of the Nintendo DS, which incorporated both touchscreen and dual-screen technology, in 2004 and the release of the Nintendo Wii two years later.
21st Jun '16 1:00:40 PM gewunomox
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* Starting from 2001, Heavy Metal entered something of a second Golden Age. NuMetal finally died an ugly death as new (or just newly-recognised) acts like Arch Enemy and KillswitchEngage completely outclassed them for talent, listenability and sheer heaviness. Killswitch went on to [[TropeCodifier codify]] the {{Metalcore}} genre, which eventually became the new [[TheScrappy scrappy]] genre in turn. Young bands like Trivium took a page from [[ProgressiveRock prog’s]] book and made high-level musicianship cool again, with epic overblown guitar wankery becoming not just called for by fans, but furiously demanded. Music/{{Dragonforce}} took this new attitude UpToEleven and their song "Through The Fire And The Flames" became the ''second'' hardest song ever to appear in ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' (screw you, {{Buckethead}}).

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* Starting from 2001, Heavy Metal entered something of a second Golden Age. NuMetal finally died an ugly death as new (or just newly-recognised) acts like Arch Enemy and KillswitchEngage completely outclassed them for talent, listenability and sheer heaviness. Killswitch went on to [[TropeCodifier codify]] the {{Metalcore}} genre, which eventually became the new [[TheScrappy scrappy]] genre in turn. Young bands like Trivium took a page from [[ProgressiveRock prog’s]] book and made high-level musicianship cool again, with epic overblown guitar wankery becoming not just called for by fans, but furiously demanded. Music/{{Dragonforce}} took this new attitude UpToEleven and their song "Through The Fire And The Flames" became the ''second'' hardest song ever to appear in ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' (screw you, {{Buckethead}}).Music/{{Buckethead}}).
12th Jun '16 4:07:16 PM nombretomado
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* After musical theater had a rough go of it in TheNineties, ''Film/TheProducers'' was a Broadway megahit that revived audiences' tastes for fun musical comedies, sparking a long line of [[ScreenToStageAdaptation screen-to-stage adaptations]] trading on often-well-known properties and LampshadeHanging of musical theater conventions: ''Theatre/ThoroughlyModernMillie'', ''Hairspray'', ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}'', etc. The similarly lighthearted JukeboxMusical genre also exploded in popularity in North America, a trend spearheaded by the import ''Theatre/MammaMia''. However, the decade's most-enduring hit turned out to be ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', an extravagant variant on ''TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' (based on a popular novel) that attracted a fanbase not seen since the days of ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''.

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* After musical theater had a rough go of it in TheNineties, ''Film/TheProducers'' was a Broadway megahit that revived audiences' tastes for fun musical comedies, sparking a long line of [[ScreenToStageAdaptation screen-to-stage adaptations]] trading on often-well-known properties and LampshadeHanging of musical theater conventions: ''Theatre/ThoroughlyModernMillie'', ''Hairspray'', ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}'', etc. The similarly lighthearted JukeboxMusical genre also exploded in popularity in North America, a trend spearheaded by the import ''Theatre/MammaMia''. However, the decade's most-enduring hit turned out to be ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', an extravagant variant on ''TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' (based on a popular novel) that attracted a fanbase not seen since the days of ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''.
19th May '16 9:48:58 PM nombretomado
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* The fairly standard motoring show ''TopGear'' was rebooted into its current magazine/challenge/three men goofing around format in 2002, giving us the team of James May, Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson. The show receives many accolades and 350 million viewers worldwide.
* 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}}'', ''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.

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* The fairly standard motoring show ''TopGear'' ''Series/TopGear'' was rebooted into its current magazine/challenge/three men goofing around format in 2002, giving us the team of James May, Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson. The show receives many accolades and 350 million viewers worldwide.
* 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}}'', ''PeepShow'', ''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.
15th May '16 8:00:19 AM TheLyniezian
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* The "Big Four" networks were constantly in a state of flux. While Creator/{{NBC}} held on at the beginning of the decade, after the end of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', they started to slip towards the bottom. Creator/{{CBS}} had a couple of hits in ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'', ''Series/{{CSI}}'' and ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', which propelled them back to the top, where they remained for most of the decade. Creator/{{ABC}} languished in low ratings in the first half of the decade, then the premieres of ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' and ''Series/{{Lost}}'' gave them the footing they needed to claw their way out of the basement. Finally, Creator/{{FOX}} stumbled upon a little show named ''Series/AmericanIdol'' that would go on to launch several careers and would become the decade's highest-rated show (it could be expected to pull in about 30 million on a bad night). The other two broadcast networks (Creator/{{UPN}} and Creator/{{The WB}}) [[Creator/TheCW merged]] in the middle of the decade, but that didn't really help either of them.

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* The "Big Four" US networks were constantly in a state of flux. While Creator/{{NBC}} held on at the beginning of the decade, after the end of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', they started to slip towards the bottom. Creator/{{CBS}} had a couple of hits in ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'', ''Series/{{CSI}}'' and ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', which propelled them back to the top, where they remained for most of the decade. Creator/{{ABC}} languished in low ratings in the first half of the decade, then the premieres of ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' and ''Series/{{Lost}}'' gave them the footing they needed to claw their way out of the basement. Finally, Creator/{{FOX}} stumbled upon a little show named ''Series/AmericanIdol'' that would go on to launch several careers and would become the decade's highest-rated show (it could be expected to pull in about 30 million on a bad night). The other two broadcast networks (Creator/{{UPN}} and Creator/{{The WB}}) [[Creator/TheCW merged]] in the middle of the decade, but that didn't really help either of them.
27th Apr '16 1:59:58 AM erforce
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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/TheHillsHaveEyes remake]] [[Film/TheHitcher at]] [[Film/BlackChristmas2006 some]] [[Film/ItsAlive point]] [[Film/AprilFoolsDay during]] [[Film/DayOfTheDead2008 the]] [[Film/FridayThe13th2009 decade]].

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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/TheHillsHaveEyes [[Film/TheHillsHaveEyes2006 remake]] [[Film/TheHitcher at]] [[Film/BlackChristmas2006 some]] [[Film/ItsAlive point]] [[Film/AprilFoolsDay during]] [[Film/DayOfTheDead2008 the]] [[Film/FridayThe13th2009 decade]].
24th Apr '16 1:13:12 AM aye_amber
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* {{Radiohead}} followed up their 1997 masterwork ''OK Computer'' with 2000's weird, largely electronic, often guitarless ''Kid A''. Although initially a LoveItOrHateIt album that caused a BrokenBase, it became embraced by the band's fanbase almost entirely by decade's end. The band's next two albums, ''Amnesiac'' and ''Hail to the Thief'' continued their acclaim streak. Then 2008, the band broke from EMI and released ''In Rainbows'' on their website. The day it was announced. [[WhamLine For whatever price you pleased]], including free. Whereas a sizable chunk of the downloads were indeed listed as $0.00, many fans chose to pay and others paid for a [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition premium option]] that included exclusive music. Even after all this, when the record was actually physically released by indie label XL Records a few months later, it still debuted at #1 in both the US and UK.

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* {{Radiohead}} Music/{{Radiohead}} followed up their 1997 masterwork ''OK Computer'' with 2000's weird, largely electronic, often guitarless ''Kid A''. Although initially a LoveItOrHateIt album that caused a BrokenBase, it became embraced by the band's fanbase almost entirely by decade's end. The band's next two albums, ''Amnesiac'' and ''Hail to the Thief'' continued their acclaim streak. Then 2008, the band broke from EMI and released ''In Rainbows'' on their website. The day it was announced. [[WhamLine For whatever price you pleased]], including free. Whereas a sizable chunk of the downloads were indeed listed as $0.00, many fans chose to pay and others paid for a [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition premium option]] that included exclusive music. Even after all this, when the record was actually physically released by indie label XL Records a few months later, it still debuted at #1 in both the US and UK.
23rd Apr '16 11:08:57 PM aye_amber
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** Other tidbits from this busy little decade: Music/{{Metallica}} checked into [[CreatorBreakdown rehab]] and made an excruciating documentary. The once-mighty Music/{{Pantera}} broke up, and guitarist Dimebag Darrell was subsequently murdered on-stage in late 2004. {{Opeth}} came out of the shadows and began to inspire something like religious awe among their smallish fanbase. Thanks to [[OneHitWonder Evanescence]], the vast symphonic compositions of SopranoAndGravel bands briefly took off before crashing again when Music/{{Nightwish}} fired [[FaceOfTheBand Tarja]].

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** Other tidbits from this busy little decade: Music/{{Metallica}} checked into [[CreatorBreakdown rehab]] and made an excruciating documentary. The once-mighty Music/{{Pantera}} broke up, and guitarist Dimebag Darrell was subsequently murdered on-stage in late 2004. {{Opeth}} Music/{{Opeth}} came out of the shadows and began to inspire something like religious awe among their smallish fanbase. Thanks to [[OneHitWonder Evanescence]], the vast symphonic compositions of SopranoAndGravel bands briefly took off before crashing again when Music/{{Nightwish}} fired [[FaceOfTheBand Tarja]].
20th Apr '16 7:08:23 PM aye_amber
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** That, and the [[{{Qurac}} Muslims]].

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** That, and the [[{{Qurac}} Muslims]].Muslims.]]



** In spite of conservative opposition, however, the decade was a major tipping point regarding public views of homosexuality. Over the course of the Oughts, especially in more liberal areas and amongst young people, homophobia quickly became on par with racism in terms of social taboos, and people who opposed gay rights tended to be viewed as religious weirdos. By the end of the decade, words like "fag" and similar epithets required NWordPrivileges to use, and same-sex marriage, considered unthinkable in the 20th century, was legalized in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC (in 2009), five US states[[note]]Massachusetts in 2004, Connecticut in 2008, and Vermont, Iowa and New Hampshire in 2009 (though NH's law only came into effect at the start of 2010)[[/note]], Mexico City, and seven countries on three continents[[note]]the Netherlands in 2001, Belgium in 2003, Spain and Canada in 2005, South Africa in 2006, and Norway and Sweden in 2009[[/note]]. This trend has continued into the 2010s.\\

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** In spite of conservative opposition, however, the decade was a major tipping point regarding public views of homosexuality. Over the course of the Oughts, especially in more liberal areas and amongst young people, homophobia quickly became on par with racism in terms of social taboos, and people who opposed gay rights tended to be viewed as religious weirdos. By the end of the decade, words like "fag" and similar epithets required NWordPrivileges to use, and same-sex marriage, considered unthinkable in the 20th century, was legalized in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC (in 2009), five US states[[note]]Massachusetts states [[note]] Massachusetts in 2004, Connecticut in 2008, and Vermont, Iowa and New Hampshire in 2009 (though NH's law only came into effect at the start of 2010)[[/note]], 2010) [[/note]], Mexico City, and seven countries on three continents[[note]]the continents [[note]] the Netherlands in 2001, Belgium in 2003, Spain and Canada in 2005, South Africa in 2006, and Norway and Sweden in 2009[[/note]].2009 [[/note]]. This trend has continued into the 2010s.\\



At the same time, openly gay or bisexual entertainers, such as Creator/NeilPatrickHarris, Music/LadyGaga, [[Series/{{Glee}} Jane Lynch]], Creator/AnnaPaquin, Creaotr/JohnBarrowman and Ellen Degeneres (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.\\

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At the same time, openly gay or bisexual entertainers, such as Creator/NeilPatrickHarris, Music/LadyGaga, [[Series/{{Glee}} Jane Lynch]], Creator/AnnaPaquin, Creaotr/JohnBarrowman Creaotr/JohnBarrowman, and Ellen Degeneres 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.\\
13th Apr '16 8:07:50 AM LeedsKing
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* This culminated in the rise of the "New Atheist" movement. Explicit, militant atheism, as opposed to being merely non-religious, began to emerge in the public consciousness thanks to best-selling books like UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins' ''The God Delusion''. The main difference is that this "New Atheism" is much more confrontational and confident in challenging Christian fundamentalists in the validity of their assumptions, and in asserting the separation of Church and State.

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* This culminated in the rise of the "New Atheist" movement. Explicit, militant atheism, as opposed to being merely non-religious, began to emerge in the public consciousness thanks to best-selling books like UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins' ''The God Delusion''. The main difference is that this "New Atheism" is much more confrontational and confident in challenging Christian and Islamic fundamentalists in the validity of their assumptions, and in asserting the separation of Church and State.
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