Well, I'm 17 and I'm starting to feel a bit nostalgic about my childhood, which was, naturally, in the early 2000s. Ironically as a kid I wished I lived in the 80s, but now I recognize that as a special time to live in. A blend of 90s shows, fashions, and music, yet a decade trying to be all futuristic as if to say "WELP, THE 2000S ARE HERE". Sure, there was the 9/11 paranoia, but as a kid you don't remember it much, although it was interesting considering my father was still in the military back then. Films were comparatively better than, say, the late 2000s (now those years sucked, IMO, Recession and all) but not as good as they are now, nor as good as they were in the 90s. The Harry Potter films were always something to look forward to (I don't count them as films of this decade considering they ended at the beginning of this one). Animated shows were still good with all the 90s cartoons and shows like Invader Zim, the Wild Thornberrys, and Ah Real Monsters (though I know they started in the 90s), and Teen Titans too, not to mention Avatar. I remember Nicktoons Network back then, when they only showed Nicktoons from the old days and had little cartoons during commercials. I remember back when it was Toon Disney, when they would show Tmon and Pumba, and House of Mouse, and the Rescue Rangers, man, there was a lot, the Hercules show too (I never watched the really kiddie programs like Dora, though I loved Clifford and Caillou). I remember back when the Disney Channel showed movies every Friday night. I was never a big fan if Cartoon Network even then, though I did like Billy and Mandy and Teen Titans. Let's see, while technology, the Internet (that consumes our souls), and social media were growing in power, they hadn't really become something that seeps so deeply into life yet (from my humble opinion that didn't really start until the creation of YouTube
). I didn't really like music from then, was never a big rap fan or a fan of emo rock (which is what my father and friends listened to, respectively) although I did like R & B. I remember back before global warming started to screw just about everything what winters were like, not as extreme as they are now, and not as warm and snowless as they were at the end of the decade, but just right. I remember New York back then (where I've lived my entire life) back with all the small businesses, before gentrification made it too expensive to live in the city, I remember the toy shops and how they got swallowed up by banks, I remember seeing new museum exhibits open, I remember buying and using VHS-tapes at Blockbuster before my dad told me about his new Netflix account. I remember my old PS2
(that I still whip out sometimes) and playing all those old Star Wars games I loved. I remember back when they still had summer blockbusters, like, real ones. I remember going to the park and all that. Man, the 2000s, looking back, they were, at least the early half was, one hell of a decade. I'm optimistic about the 2010s at least, but, man, wish I could relive my childhood sometimes.
Sorry if this was so long, just...nostalgia...