What? Weren't the '00s, like, three years ago? Yes, yes they were. But in our rapid-paced, quickly digested world, it is possible to watch a drop in the cultural pond quickly transform into a ripple and then a wave — and we can all be witnesses (or, heck, even participants) in the process.
Earlier this year, The New York Times wondered what might induce nostalgia in 2033, and suggested that the aughts (or the naughties, if you so dare) had such a hard time defining itself because of the amalgamation of influences, zeitgeists, and world events — plus, of course, the interwebs. The piece broached a couple of interesting topics — specifically the items and objects with which the decade will be remembered — but barely grazed the surface when it came to the influences, moments, and events that, say, put the masses in a trucker hat.
According to movies and fiction, the 2000s were supposed to be the future. Instead the decade ended up being the era of whiskered, "destroyed" jeans and It items, of sweaty nightlife photography and retro American Apparel essentials. What happened to our jetpacks and flying cars? What happened to the promises of George Jetson and Hubert Humphrey?
Well, we can't answer that. But we can take a look at what actually transpired — and why. We spoke to trend experts, editors, '00s familiars, and archivists to trace the trends — and discuss their origins. So, take a trip down recent-memory lane and consider how we'll remember the aughts. Warning: Some of it is good, lots of it is bad, but all of it is a load of fun.
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