REVIEW: The Noughties: A Decade That Changed the World...
The Noughties 2000-2009: A Decade That Changed the World
21st Century Decaditis
This book highlights the incredible ups and downs during the first decade of the 21st century, 2000-2009. From life changing technical innovations (Wiki, Twitter, iPod, YouTube and the less popular surveillance and CCTV explosion), to the horrors that shook the world - the War on Terror and 9/11. It's all explained here in a detailed and revealing account of our history and all the fiascoes within.
Author Tim Footman takes us through the rise of celebrity culture, online shopping and even the decline of America and the emergence of a new world order. To astounding events we rather wish had never happened, fears and conspiracy theories of the millennium wipe out and financial meltdown, 9/11 and (dare I add) people many love to hate such as President Bush, Simon Cowell and Paris Hilton.
All in all, I found this an enjoyable and quite eye-opening reminder of what we've been through over this decade. At the back of the book there is a section called "New Beginnings" which is an interesting selective list of novel words and phrases that became prominent during the period of the Noughties, and the years in which they pertain to. Great examples include, Bling, Zombie Bank and Googleganger. Following this is a "Selective list of people, concepts and cultural landmarks that we lost in the Noughties," which I really liked. Remembering people like musician Kirsty MacColl (2000), author Douglas Adams (2001), comedian Spike Milligan (2002) and more recently, author JG Ballard, and actor David Carradine (2009) is a nice touch. Finally, a Bibliography and further reading section, and 115 End Notes, completes this well thought out look at our fast moving, ever changing world, which raises points to ponder about what our future holds. What is interesting is this is a reference/history book of a time we lived through ourselves and that makes it intriguing to me. Possibly a good choice for a Christmas gift, or to bury in a time capsule for future generations.
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Publisher: Crimson Publishing
Publication Date: September 2009
Length: 224 Pages
Review by Sassy Brit
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