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Oh, 'get a job'? 'Just' get a job? Why don't I strap on my Job Helmet and squeeze down into a Job Cannon and fire off into Job Land, where jobs grow on jobbies?!
Charlie Kelly, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia ("The Gang Sells Out")

Looking out at your fresh young faces, I remember when I, too, was deciding my academic future as a lowly graduate student. Of course, I was 14, and I had already achieved more than most of you could ever hope to despite my 9:00 bedtime. Now, there may be one or two of you in this room who has what it takes to succeed in theoretical physics, although it's more likely that you'll spend your scientific careers teaching fifth graders how to make papier-mâché volcanoes with baking soda lava. In short, anyone who told you that you would someday be able to make some significant contribution to physics played a cruel trick on you, a cruel trick indeed. Any questions? (deafening silence) Of course not. I weep for the future of science; now if you'll excuse me, the latest issue of Batman is out.
Dr. Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory

My parents had grown up in fantasyland, the last generation in full employment, the last age of sex without fear, the last moment of politics without religion, but somehow their years in the fairy tale had grounded them, strengthened them, given them the conviction that by their own direct actions they could change and improve their world...Whereas now horror was spreading everywhere at high speed and we closed our eyes or appeased it.
René Unterlinden, The Golden House by Salman Rushdie.

Just stop your crying, it's a sign of the times
Welcome to the final show
Hope you're wearing your best clothes
Harry Styles, "Sign of the Times"

And the walls kept tumbling down
In the city that we love
Great clouds roll over the hills
Bringing darkness from above
But if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
Nothing changed at all?
And if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
You've been here before?
'How am I gonna be an optimist about this?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?'
Bastille, "Pompeii"

"We are the new Americana,
High on legal marijuana,
Raised on Biggie and Nirvana,
We are the new Americana."
Halsey, "New Americana"

"Cat's foot iron claw
Neuro-surgeons scream for more
At paranoia's poison door.
Twenty first century schizoid man.

Blood rack barbed wire
Politicians' funeral pyre
Innocents raped with napalm fire
Twenty first century schizoid man.

Death seed blind man's greed
Poets' starving children bleed
Nothing he's got he really needs
Twenty first century schizoid man."
King Crimson, "21st Century Schizoid Man", written in The '60s but pretty on the dot as Kanye West realized.

"Do you know this house is falling apart?
Can I say this house is falling apart?
We've got no money, but we've got h-heart,
We're gonna rattle this ghost town,
This house is falling apart!"
Walk the Moon, "Anna Sun"

If I was of the Greatest Generation I'd be pissed
Surveying the world that I built slipping back into this
I'd be screaming at my grandkids: "We already did this!"
Be suspicious of simple answers
That shit's for fascists and maybe teenagers
You can't fix the world if all you have is a hammer
The first time it was a tragedy, the second time it's a farce
Outside it's 1933 so I'm hitting the bar
And I don't know what's going on anymore
The world outside is burning with a brand new light, but it isn't one that makes me feel warm
Don't go mistaking your house burning down for the dawn
Frank Turner, "1933"

    Stand-up comedy 
Everything's amazing right now, and nobody's happy.
Louis C.K., Untitled

Don't you miss the days when America was just morally bankrupt?
Bill Maher

They say the economy is essentially sound because people are considering buying things. That's like saying fat people are healthy because they might exercise.
Robin Williams, Weapons of Self-Destruction

There are fears that Britain could be facing a double-dip recession, or worse still, a double-dip with misery sprinkles and fuck-where's-my-job-sauce.

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Europe is very geographically diverse, with landscapes ranging from streets full of rioters in Greece to mountains full of rioters in Britain.

Within True Detective, this is always framed with the idea that this is a fallen world. The edges of it are always rotting into an unspeakable barbarism; something that cannot quite be displayed and seen... In this regard consider Frank, who is defined precisely by his inability to see; the world of paper mache that he surrounds himself with, and does not notice being torn away.

People taking selfies with Cybermen? What an appalling comment on today's society (and unfortunately an accurate one).
Joe Ford on Doctor Who, "Death in Heaven"

Matt’s a frightening character because of the nonchalant manner with which he discusses blowing his fellow students’ skulls off. Is he joking? Is he for real? Everything’s so fucking ironic these days, with people afraid of getting caught being earnest — an entire generation of walking memes — that neither his ‘accomplice’ nor the audience are sure where he stands, at least until the end.
Stuart Millard on The Dirties

Well we've left behind the 200X's, and we move onto the 20XX's. Maybe that will finally make us feel like we're living in the future, rather than a media controlled slave state where an iPhone is worth substantially more than a human life. Happy new year.

The fiscal cliff looms. Wars rage around the globe. Apple Maps wasn't everything they promised.

The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear was like if Martin Luther King graced those stairs and said: I had a dream, but it's not really important to talk about right now. Just know that bad things are happening to black people, but I guess bad things always happen, so never mind. We can't change anything. Hey, at least we aren't slaves anymore! Am I right?! NO CHANTING!
Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny, "The Day Jon Stewart Quit."

I feel like today's popular music doesn't really grapple with the important issues, namely that the world is gonna burn and we're all gonna fucking die. That's a message those SELFIENNIALS need to hear in 2015. No more of this self empowerment business.
Drew Magary, "One Day We'll Be Too Lazy to Watch Football."

Go ahead and add "Kim Gordon is talking shit about Courtney Love and Billy Corgan" after "Suge Knight is killing people, Missy Elliott is on TV, and gas is under $2 a gallon" to your "the 90s really are back" joke.

The popularity of the series shows that there is no vision out there, no concept of the future. Aside from the crippling inequality that is putting all of us who aren't hedge fund pirates under enormous stress, the dominant intellectual fashion these days is a straining towards utter nihilism.

"At this time, in this moment, when the nation cries out for serious leadership, who did our colleagues in the Republican party nominate? Was it a general who could lead us to victory abroad while ensuring domestic security? It was not. Was it a statesman skilled in diplomacy and the workings of Washington? It was not. Was it a man who could stand atop the tide of history, guiding us towards greatness? It was not.
"To the American people, I say this.
"You asked for wisdom, and you were given glib charm.
"You asked for leadership, and you were given a nickel show.
"You asked for strength, and you were given a cheap joke.
"You asked for a man to represent America, and you were given Mickey Mouse.

"In a small town, there may be no venues for performing arts aside from country music bars and churches. There may only be two doctors in town — aspiring to that job means waiting for one of them to retire or die. You open the classifieds and all of the job listings will be for fast food or convenience stores. The "downtown" is just the corpses of mom and pop stores left shattered in Walmart's blast crater, the "suburbs" are trailer parks. There are parts of these towns that look post-apocalyptic.

I'm telling you, the hopelessness eats you alive.

And if you dare complain, some liberal elite will pull out their iPad and type up a rant about your racist white privilege. Already, someone has replied to this with a comment saying, 'You should try living in a ghetto as a minority!' Exactly. To them, it seems like the plight of poor minorities is only used as a club to bat away white cries for help. Meanwhile, the rate of rural white suicides and overdoses skyrockets. Shit, at least politicians act like they care about the inner cities."

     Western Animation 

You guys are so talented and imaginative... But you can't work as a team. I'm just a construction worker, but when I have a plan and we were working together, we could build a skyscraper. Now you guys are Master Builders. Just imagine what you could do if you did that! ...You could save the universe!
Emmet, The LEGO Movie.

     Real Life 
In the past I've tried to say: Look, we are all crappy superheroes, because personal computers and mobile phone devices are things that only Batman and Mr. Fantastic would have owned back in the sixties. We've all got this immense power and we're still sat at home watching pornography and buying scratch cards. We're rubbish, even though we are as gods.

This could be a period of irreversible decline. For the 1 percent and even less — the one-tenth of 1 percent — it's just fine. They are richer than ever, more powerful than ever, controlling the political system, disregarding the public. And if it can continue, as far as they're concerned, sure, why not?
Noam Chomsky

In a celebrity culture, earnestness about social and political change is replaced by a pose of "irony" that is really just a sullen and helpless paralysis.
Katherine Viner, Stiffed.

When was the last time you read a story or watched a TV show or a movie that was actually optimistic about the future? I know. I can’t remember either. Maybe the “San Junipero” episode in the latest Black Mirror series just about squeaks through. I finished that with a small if fleeting utopian glow. But that’s only compared with all the other dread-inducing omens of future techno-hell in that series. [...] It’s long been a theory of mine that the 21st century has been marijuana’s new golden age for a reason: The dystopia demands a mild, uplifting oblivion.

For all Trump's nativism and bluster, the 2016 campaign was very much concerned with the One Big Grievance of our time: The economic system is "rigged" against working-class people, to use the word of the year. It is true that Trump's solutions, when he bothered to identify them, were unlikely to succeed. But the fact remains: Eight years after the crash of 2008, the country was still incandescent with rage, and "Make America Great Again" was as obvious a slogan as they come.
Thomas Frank, Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?

The power structure is shocked by the outcome of the 2016 election because it has cut itself off from the lives of most Americans. Perhaps it also doesn’t wish to understand, because that would mean acknowledging its role in enabling the presidency of Donald Trump.



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