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Nothing defines the 2010s

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  1. chas
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    We're fish thinking about water. I've lived through enough decades to know that people have said "nothing defines this decade" for many decades. Things will change over the coming years, and...

    We're fish thinking about water. I've lived through enough decades to know that people have said "nothing defines this decade" for many decades. Things will change over the coming years, and eventually society will choose defining attributes of the 2010's, in contrast with the 2020's or 2030's, etc.

    11 votes
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    Odysseus
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    I completely disagree. We're just too close too the 2010s to know what stereotypes and cultural features are going to endure and define that decade. Trends move quickly, but we've still seen...

    I completely disagree. We're just too close too the 2010s to know what stereotypes and cultural features are going to endure and define that decade. Trends move quickly, but we've still seen certain trends of the 2010s endure (those defined eyebrows stand out as one, as does the decade's obsession with nostalgia). We'll just have to wait and see to find out what will ultimately define the 2010s

    9 votes
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      vivaria
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      Were the identities of the 20s/50s/60s/80s obvious during their respective decades? Or did we only come to understand them after the fact? (I wasn't alive during any of them so I wouldn't know.)

      Were the identities of the 20s/50s/60s/80s obvious during their respective decades? Or did we only come to understand them after the fact? (I wasn't alive during any of them so I wouldn't know.)

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      1. Odysseus
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        I couldn't tell you, but I do know that we'll have to wait to see which enduring features of a decade are limited to the decade and which will continue to persist as a new facet of American...

        I couldn't tell you, but I do know that we'll have to wait to see which enduring features of a decade are limited to the decade and which will continue to persist as a new facet of American culture itself

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  3. ThatFanficGuy
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    I think the guy himself hinted at what defines 2010s: isolation. The increase in the use of social media, memes as defining characteristics of specific groups (if you don't know what the meme is,...

    I think the guy himself hinted at what defines 2010s: isolation.

    The increase in the use of social media, memes as defining characteristics of specific groups (if you don't know what the meme is, you don't speak their language – therefore, you're alien to them), increasing walling off gardens (Facebook, Twitter, Apple...), political isolationism (white nationalism and xenophobia in the US and much of Western Europe)... The icon of it all being Trump: extremely-populist, narcissistic, attention-demanding, "I'm-good-all-by-myself" excuse of a politician that seeks to perpetuate fear and separate those may otherwise be united by higher principles.

    But then, weirdly... it's also the opposite? Climate change has seen a significant exposure to the public eye. Many of the ills of society are being furthen spoken about: abuse (by and of both sexes, which is important), foul organizational structures (underpaid teachers, big companies breaking up workers' unions, institutional racism in the US), political ill intent (like the lies about Brexit)... Teenagers – the younger generations, as noted in the video – are becoming media heroes, advocating the causes that seek to make people's lives better (or, at least, prevent them from getting terribly worse, like Greta Thunberg and her climate change plea).

    If anything, it's no longer the consumption of products that matters: it's the consumption of media.

    As a sidenote: I think the creator might be off about global communications persisting into the future decades – at least conceptually, as we see them today. Mind you, the Internet is not going anywhere, but how we use it is starting to change. There's advocacy and increased use of federated platforms, for one. Maybe things will get localized, again, but with that backbone of interconnectedness intact, so that people could still reach out to the rest of the world.

    7 votes