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The 00’s Issue

In which we try to hash out the effects of a decade when the notion of authority was turned on its head.


If, at the start of this decade, somebody had told us that New York would shortly be attacked, leaving thousands dead and the city’s two tallest buildings a smoldering pile, leading to two wars in distant lands against a mostly unseen enemy, and that the economy would later collapse under the weight of bad debt, driving the local unemployment rate north of 10 percent and pulverizing three of the five largest Wall Street firms, well, we might have asked if there was a fast-forward button we could press. read more [+]
The Ferality Show
This was the decade when the bottom fell out of just about everything. Is it any wonder that we all started screaming at one another?
TVWhen TV Became Art
Good-bye boob tube, hello brain food.
MoviesWhen Dreams Came True
With miraculous visions of the subconscious mind.
BooksWhen Lit Blew Into Bits
The meganovel shrank, even as reading itself metastasized.
ArtWhen the Low Went Very High
Who said public art can't be fun?
ArchitectureWhen the City Became a Stage
Exposing drama on every corner.
The Takeaway
Cubicle LoftsThe Stick List
Cultural works that we'll still be talking about in ten years.
FashionBlink and You Missed It
Thirty-five short-lived looks from an attention-deficient decade.
ParentingEverybody Else Knows Best
No matter what moms and dads did, somebody was there to tell us we were screwing up our kids for life.
YankeesThe Arms Race
The Yankees–Red Sox rivalry was the story of the decade—and it’s the future of sports.
ExtinctRust in Peace
A catalogue of everyday stuff rendered obsolete in the aughts.
GosselinPrince of the Professional Nobodies
Nobody has lived the new American dream harder than Jon Gosselin.
FoodThe Apotheosis of Fresh
How New York finally stopped importing cuisines and invented its own.


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