Links for looking back

November 20, 2009

The following are links to websites that are looking back at the decade as well as chronicling the events.  They are subdivided by topic.

General

The Decade in Rewind

The Daily Show presents Decade in Review

Best Of The Decade

2000-2009: Decade in Review

The decade according to 9-year-olds

Politics/Events
The ’00s: Goodbye (at Last) to the Decade From Hell: An article from Time, byAndy Serwer, that almost argues (if not, does) what I wrote previously (with more examples).

The 10 best Senate races of the decade
Science

Entertainment (Broad)

15 Entertainers of the Decade

Movies

The films that defined the noughties

Screen Memories: A column from A.O. Scott describing his take of what the movies offered us this decade.

At the Movies’ Best of the Decade: A countdown revealing the selections from A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips as the decade draws to a close.

The best film performances of the ’00s.

The best films of the ’00s.

Most Memorable Movies

TV

The best TV Series of the ’00s

The 25 Best Live Moments on TV

Music

NPR’s Timeline of Decade in Music

The Decade’s 50 Most Important Recordings

NME’s Album’s of the Decade

Literature

The best books of the ’00s

100 books that defined the noughties

Internet/Techonology

Top 10 Internet Moments of the Decade

The Top 10 Innovations of the Decade

Sports

Sporting News’ Athletes of the Decade

NFL: Highlights and Lowlights

This post will be updated as the more sites articles like these are online.

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Decade in Review

November 18, 2009

DECADE IN REVIEW BANNER

It was a decade of chaos. When the world had entered the new millenium, optimism was in full stock. The last century was a wake up call to the world. After global wars and technological advances in the 20th century, the desire and tools were on hand for living a better twenty-first.  But the first decade of this new century, had an array of things many thought happened only in movies. One of the most unforeseeable events ever took place. Four commercial airliners were hijacked and were sent crashing. The end result was around 3,000 lives lost, two landmarks were gone along with any sense of normalcy and hopes for peace.

What took place after the attacks of September 11th, or 9/11, seemed to be more events that contended to match the catastrophic nature of those on that Tuesday morning. Tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, wars, and a global economic meltdown. Some went as far to call the 1990s, the roaring 90s.

But humanity also displayed it’s very best during this decade. In those times of disaster, people rose up to meet the help of those most affected. Whether it was donating food, giving blood or volunteering their time, humanity never stopped moving forward.

Perhaps, this decade was a reminder. When the New Year celebrations took place, maybe we were looking to put the past behind us without watching our steps as marched forward. The new century did not clean the world’s slate. We still faced problems. And as we enter a new decade, we ourselves may be desiring to put this decade in the past and march as well. But we must learn the lessons of this decade before doing so and realize that a clean slate doesn’t just happen. The world is something to work on, prepare for and maintain. That is how peace is kept and made.

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edit:For the next couple of weeks, I will be looking back at this decade and be posting links from those looking back as well.

Among the potential candidates to take on Chris Dodd for his senate seat in 2010 is Linda McMahon. She is the wife of Vince McMahon, but that title doesn’t hint to her abilities to lead. The WWE (formerly WWF) has been a family business since the early days. Linda McMahon was, until this recent bid, the CEO of the publicly traded company. She could almost certainly hold her own in capital hill with the day to day business.

Today, her Democratic opponents are actually bringing up the nature of her career against her. And considering the business she is in, there is more than enough to dig up.  A spokeperson for the Connecticut Democrats said:

“As WWE Chief Operating Officer, Linda McMahon presided over programming that showed simulated rape, public sex and necrophilia, and now she wants to be our U.S. Senator? People across this state, not to mention the millions of women who are the victims of sexual violence every year, would be horrified and embarrassed to know that the person who seeks to represent them condones this kind of behavior. That kind of programming has no place in our society, and Linda McMahon has no place in the U.S. Senate.”

I don’t know about the simulated rape they talk about (Talking Points Memo links to this), but I do remember hearing of the public sex and the necrophilia storyline.

About a decade ago, the WWE was experiencing it’s biggest boom since the 1980s. The attitude era  as it was called upped the ante with wrestling porn stars, sex appeal, raunchiness, and more violent than usual wrestling. I guess I had forgotten about that aspect of professional wrestling. I say this because upon McMahon announcing her senate run, I viewed wrestling as more of a circus than a zeitgeist of shallowness.

Back in the late 1990s, the new direction WWE was taking was exciting, risque and tasteless. That edginess at the time overshadowed what has pretty much become evident in wrestling, it’s circus like nature. Thats not to say what the WWE did then and does now was and is always first class. I think the WWE has objectified women in a lot of ways since the attitude era. Some might argue that it has empowered women to participate in something rough. But women in the WWE are labeled as divas instead of wrestlers and are portrayed a lot as sex objects.

Now I also don’t believe these attacks carry much weight to them. Specifically the necrophilia storyline. Necrophilia is bit exploitative to individuals, but I feel it’s rather more as repulsive activity and a joke to most. And the storyline from what I remember (yes, despite my objections, I watch wrestling) came off as a tasteless fiasco and I believe the majority of this nation sees it as such. The storyline involving public sex involved two heels (bad guys) and those involved in the sex were not meant to come of as looking completely good. The “simulated rape” video does come off as demeaning and somewhat exploitative, but, and this what will make this whole attack worthless, the current economy trumps anything involving “mora”l issues. And the social issue of disrespecting women is undercut by the economy and sadly, that a social issue like this is treated as a “moral” issue.