August 26, 2003

I love the 2000's?

Posted by Scott at 02:01 PM

The other night Michelle and I caught a little bit of VH-1's "I Love the 70's". While we don't have a particular affinity for the 70's, it was fun taking a look at the "culture" of the time. It was fun to remember mood rings, the bicentennial, Glen Campbell, the Village people, Charlie's Angels, Three's Company, The Gong Show, etc. We had to wonder what fads/crazes of the turn of the millenium will they be poking fun of thirty years from now? Feel free to add your own in the comments.

  • Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Eminem, Justin Timberlake
  • Hip huggers
  • Piercing tongues, navals, etc.
  • Reality shows
  • Napster, KaZaA, P2P
  • Harry Potter
  • Martha Stewart, Oprah
  • America Online (perhaps... it is bleeding customers)
  • Windows (hopefully)

While I'm certain the internet or something akin to it will still exist, I'm sure we'll laugh at the idea of being tied to a desk using a clunky PC box. It will probably be more pervasive such that you can surf anywhere on something like a PDA -- similar to the transformation in cell phones. Some bleeding edge techie types do this now, but it's pretty spotty for coverage and the speed usually stinks.


Tom & I were amazed how much we remembered from the 70s. Our favorite was the Connect Four commercial from 1974:
Right here- diagonally.
Pretty sneaky, sis!
Remember that?
From the current times, we could add:
Disney Channel- and everything that comes along with it
Resurfacing of 80s stuff- like Care Bears & Strawberry Shortcake
War protests
TV Shows made into movies(Scooby Doo, Charlie's Angels), movie sequels
Sex in the City
Dating/Marrying Shows
Dr. Phil
Every kind of diet- atkins, weight watchers
Baby Mozart
Oh, I'm sure I'll think of more!

Posted by: alyssa at August 26, 2003 04:17 PM

Pilates! I had thought of those this morning as well. Along with TaiBo, aerobic kickboxing, and spinning classes. Interval training might be. I've been amazed at the staying power of step aerobics. I've been doing step for almost 10 years now. When I started I was hesitant because it seemed like a fad - an offshoot of floor aerobics/jazzercise stuff. But it's still a staple of our Y's studio classes.

Even in the 70's, the diet trends were everywhere. It's funny to see Atkins making a comeback. Mom tried Atkins (the first) when we were kids, I think.

Gameboy! Man! Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance... What are they going to have next? Gameboy Extreme??!!

We see a lot of Disney Channel now, but didn't until our cable provider started putting it in the basic package. Didn't it used to be a pay for channel, like HBO?

Do a lot of parents have the Baby Mozart/Beethoven/etc videos for their kids?

I thought of a bunch of similar items but couldn't remember them all when I was posting.

I'm amazed Apple is still out there. You don't know how many years people have been predicting the death of Apple. Just because they always have a minority market share, people assume they'll just pop off the radar map in the next year or so. And yet, they keep chuggin' along producing cool products every year.

Posted by: Scott at August 26, 2003 05:12 PM

I don't know why, but I thought of Barney and Teletubbies...the most obnoxious childrens shows ever. Or would that be considered 90's, i think now.

What about fake tans, was that big in the 80's?

Posted by: Suzy at August 26, 2003 06:05 PM

My vote for 'I Love The 00's' would have to be
. Sponge Bob Squarepants
. The decade of Marvel movies (ie:X-Men, Spiderman, The Hulk, Daredevil)
. Shuttle crash
I'm sure the possibilities are endless and its only 4 hours into the series.


Posted by: Tom at August 26, 2003 09:00 PM

A few more came to mind, especially during the commute home. I had a long commute today because some teens got into a car accident on route 101A this evening.
o tricked out Honda Civics - low profile tires, fancy wheels, obnoxious spoilers, ground skirts, and of course, those buzzy mufflers with the three inch diameter exhaust pipes.
o young guys wearing baseballs caps from morning til night, seven days a week
o male facial hair that can best be described as a mutant goatee
o monster SUVs - esp the Hummer
o the Cooper Mini - the VW Beetle of the new millenium
o Dora the Explorer - I'd vote for Blues Clues, but that started at the end of the 90's
o MP3 players - a statement that is somewhere between carrying a Palm Pilot and a Sony Walkman
o TiVo - as much as I like it, I think something is going to supplant it
o (ahem) "derriere cleavage" - please let that pass quickly before Claire wants to try it
o Google - right now it's fast, free, and with relatively little in the way of annoying ads. Something has got to budge there that'll just ruin it.
o marketing terms/buzzwords prefixed with 'i' or 'e' or suffixed with 'One' - iMac, iPhoto, eBusiness, RealOne, PalmOne -- iThink iAm going to barfOne (and yes, I AM typing this on an iBook)
o DVDs - and the extinction of VHS (paralleling the extinction of 8 tracks)
o email and email spam - almost everyone with a computer has an address now. If current spam trends continue, email will become useless and be replaced with something else.
o I'm hoping that with registration, telemarketing at the dinner hour will become a thing of the past.
o with AOL rolling out their new "journaling", 2003 could be the year of mass weblogging - not that it hasn't been easy for several years now
o Viagra - at work even our support email address gets several offers to "help you please her" every day. I wonder if Dante has a special level of hell for these email marketers.
o guys wearing hats in the middle of summer that we only wear on cold NH winters

Well, that's about all for now. It's getting late and Claire has her first day of school tomorrow.... I'm sure more will come to mind later. Feel free to add more to the list if you think of any.

Posted by: Scott at August 26, 2003 10:22 PM

I got some good ones!!

I thought about it last night. I went to bed and was rudely awaken by "GIRLS GONE WILD"

Also, the unforgetable quote "Dude, your gettin a Dell"

Those are my two

Posted by: Suzy at August 27, 2003 03:22 PM

Scott, you said reality shows, but what about contest shows, like American Idol, Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and Survivor?

Posted by: alyysa at August 28, 2003 11:10 AM