Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Biggest POP Culture Moments of the Decade

2009 is almost over and everyone has given their list of the best movies, TV shows, songs, hamburgers, car chases, melt downs and bar mitzvah' why should we be any different. But tomorrow also brings an end to a decade that began with us wondering if every computer in the world would bring about the end of the world; to us giving them that power. But what were the biggest POP culture moments of the past decade? I'm sure you have your opinions, but here are our choices:

(Note: These are POP culture moments, not necessarily favorites. As always, wagering.)

Reality Television
From 'Survivor' to 'American Idol' to the 'Amazing Race', people have given these shows the power to take over network programming. Sadly this has also given TV channels a reason to create 'The Hills' and 'The Bachelor'.

Portable music had been around for decades, but this little item changed the game, and the music industry. It was so innovative that it would also lead to the design of an item that would also change the phone industry.

Harry Potter
The story of this young boy changed the book publishing world. With each new book's release the crowds would grow larger. For the first time in a long time the books were so popular that they started to release them at midnight. And the movies would prove to be just as popular.

XBOX Live/Guitar Hero
As video games and gaming systems became more sophisticated, along came an online experience to pull it all together. XBOX Live allowed people to play with and against one another around the world. Then came a game that did something that most of us only dreamed of, it turned us into rock stars. 'Guitar Hero' gave us a miniature electric guitar and allowed us to rock out and think that we could actually play the guitar.

The Rise of Social Media
Email changed how we communicated in our personal lives and in business. Then web sites like MySpace, Facebook and Twitter changed how we communicated daily with everybody. But MySpace also showed how quickly a popular site can go from media darling to internet joke.

Pick the movies, have them sent to your home (or stream online) without going out? Fantastic!

Believe it or not, there was a time when someone would say, "Did you see that guy do that thing at that place that one time?", but you would have no place to look for it. Your only hope was that somehow someone would make the video small enough to email over a dial-up connection. Now we have a place where we can see all the laughing babies and smacks to the crotch we want. It's the simple things, really.

The Death of Michael Jackson and the Death of Traditional Journalism
On June 25th, the entertainment industry lost the biggest icon since Elvis. Fans from around the world (myself included) mourned his passing and chose to remember how he impacted the music and entertainment industry. It was also when this happened that we saw first hand how out of touch much of the news industry is. While several sites (ours included) were already posting that Michael was in the hospital, we also posted that was reporting he had passed away. But none of the major news networks would report this information. For close to an hour TMZ was ahead of the game with the report, but it wasn't until the LA Times posted on their web site that he indeed was dead that CNN reported it with LA Times as the source. But the word was already out on Twitter and other social networks. So much so that most of those sites crashed from heavy usage. They were late to the game and the news networks have now turned into more of punchline than news source. In a world that was already killing off newspapers due to lack of readers, the TV news networks showed that they may not be far behind if they can't adapt to a world where everyone is now the reporter.

What say you? What were the biggest POP culture moments of the decade?

POPping the decade - Jungle Jesse


  1. I can remember exactly where I was when this awful decade came into being. Believe it or not, when I rang in the new year on January 1, 2000, I was not only stone-cold sober - I was at church! My then-girlfriend and I attended a special midnight mass at the local Catholic church to welcome in, not only a new decade, but a new century and a new millennium. I remember feeling filled with optimism. By entering this new era, I felt, we could wipe the slate clean. Maybe this would be a new age of peace, love, brother and sisterhood. EVERYBODY SING!

    This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius!
    Age of Aquarius!

    How utterly naive on my part, huh? By year's end, all of that hope was out the window and into the toilet. In December of 2000, an ideologically perverted Supreme Court would assist in a stolen election by stopping the vote count in the state of Florida, installing a corrupt little frat boy with the I.Q. of a half-eaten box of Milk Duds as president of the United States. It was all downhill from that moment on. From the birth of "Reality Television" to the worst attack on American soil since the Civil War, it was quite a strange ten years to say the least. Thankfully this awful decade is a mere three days away from being forever consigned to history's scrap heap. Hallelujah.

    Tom Degan

  2. Ahh..but how do you really feel?

    Thanks for sharing your rant with us. It has been quite a decade. We've seen the worst moments in our lives to amazing break through's. It's almost as if we've rushed into creating as many kick ass things as we could only to stand back and look at them saying, "Okay. But what do I do with it?" It truly is a decade that changed the world..but what do I do with it?