Ideas in the political and cultural realm these days have a much shorter life span than they did before the Internet. They simply don’t have the time to develop before everyone grows tired of them and ready to move on.
This makes it really hard to develop decade-defining styles, fashion, and ideologies in comparison to previous, more defining decades. However, this doesn’t mean we didn’t have memorable moments and interesting personalities to talk about in the 2010s.
Consider the following list of 25 Historic Moments from the 2010s That Will Go Down in History Books. It will help you realize the 2010s weren’t as boring and dull as some nostalgic fans of the past suggest.
Streaming killed video stores
The year 2014 marked the final year for many video store chains, including the legendary Blockbuster. The massive video giant filed for bankruptcy and shuttered nearly all of its locations as DVD sales plummeted.
By then, Netflix had just introduced a new way to consume content: streaming. This ushered in a new era and forever changed the entertainment industry.
It’s all about “Netflix and chill” these days.
Alright, some may argue that homemade selfie sticks could date back as early as 1925. And you know what? They are probably right.
The thing is that the term “selfie stick” did not become widely known until 2014, though.
For that matter, it was only in 2015 when technology news started advertising a large variety of selfie sticks available on the market.
The Arab Spring
The causes of the Arab Spring were many and long-gathering. For decades, Arab populations had faced repression of free speech, human rights abuses, economic mismanagement, corruption, and stifling of political dissent.
Justice and human dignity were not priorities in most states. However, what was supposed to be peaceful ended up becoming a series of anti-government protests, uprisings, and armed rebellions that spread across much of the Islamic world in the early 2010s.
Almost a decade later, and there’s still conflict in many countries in the Middle East. Analysts have referred to the ongoing conflicts as the Arab Winter.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
When a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet disappeared without a trace in early 2014, the fate of the plane and its 239 passengers and crew onboard became one of the biggest aviation mysteries in history.
The missing plane captured the attention of millions around the world, triggering a multinational search and plenty of conspiracy theories.
For years it remained an unsolved mystery until Malaysia’s former Prime Minister, Najib Razak, stated that the aircraft’s flight ended somewhere in the Indian Ocean.
No further explanation had been given since then. Are you happy with this explanation? I know I am not!
"Golden Age" of Television
Some may argue that the original Golden Age of Television occurred during the 1950s. Others may claim that it all started in the 1990s with TV shows such as Friends and The X-Files.
According to the numbers and statistics, the 2010s is undoubtedly the true Golden Age of Television. Cable providers saw a decline in subscriber numbers as cord-cutters switched to lower-cost online streaming services such as Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Video.
These non-cable, Internet-based media streaming services even began producing their own programming.
As for the TV “products” of the 2010s? Way too many to name but let’s focus on the top show. Can you name another TV show in history that had the cultural influence (on a global scale) that Game of Thrones still has?
… We’re waiting …