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Subject: Do you think we'll ever have an era as futuristic as the new Millennium?

Written By: piecesof93 on 03/04/19 at 4:17 pm

In 1999 - 2000 many facets of pop culture from music, celebrity fashion, upcoming technology, to the Y2K scare made that era feel very futuristic. It doesn't seem like 2019 is going in that direction. 2009 didn't feel so futuristic either, so I'm wondering if we'll ever have another era that replicates that atmosphere.

I asked people does 2019 sound futuristic and most said no. I'm just itching for some upbeat futuristic excitement tbh. 2006 felt more 'futuristic' than the current era and that was smack dab in the middle of the decade.

Subject: Re: Do you think we'll ever have an era as futuristic as the new Millennium?

Written By: shadowcookie on 03/04/19 at 5:31 pm

2020 sounds pretty futuristic to me. 2019 does not.

It’s going to be hard to replicate the Y2K atmosphere though. That was the dawn of a new century and millennium. Changing from 1 to 2 was a big deal. We are pretty lucky to have experienced it.

Big technological advancements will occur but much like most of the 20th century (i.e TVs, radio etc) we’ll just get used to it really quickly without ever thinking ‘wow, this is the future’. Western society went from no TVs to almost 100% TV penetration very quickly.

Subject: Re: Do you think we'll ever have an era as futuristic as the new Millennium?

Written By: SpyroKev on 03/04/19 at 5:32 pm

I doubt it.

We already saw that perfect "futuristic" also without it potentially being "this sh!t is try hard" Its basically impossible to see it replicated since, today is already "futuristic". If it does re-fruition, only the new target audience will see it.

Subject: Re: Do you think we'll ever have an era as futuristic as the new Millennium?

Written By: bchris02 on 03/04/19 at 6:02 pm

I would say the Y2K era was the last time we had both a strong economy and a general spirit of optimism in our society at the same time.  That alone makes it a special era.

Subject: Re: Do you think we'll ever have an era as futuristic as the new Millennium?

Written By: wagonman76 on 03/04/19 at 7:54 pm

The 80s seemed pretty futuristic compared to the dark 70s.

Y2K seemed pretty futuristic compared to the dark 90s.

I'm sure we will have something similar again, but probably won't know it right away.  It's another 20 years, history may repeat itself.

Subject: Re: Do you think we'll ever have an era as futuristic as the new Millennium?

Written By: yelimsexa on 03/05/19 at 6:27 am


2020 sounds pretty futuristic to me. 2019 does not.

It’s going to be hard to replicate the Y2K atmosphere though. That was the dawn of a new century and millennium. Changing from 1 to 2 was a big deal. We are pretty lucky to have experienced it.

Big technological advancements will occur but much like most of the 20th century (i.e TVs, radio etc) we’ll just get used to it really quickly without ever thinking ‘wow, this is the future’. Western society went from no TVs to almost 100% TV penetration very quickly.


Depends where you live. In the US, Britain, West Germany, Canada, France, it was pretty quick to evolve. But penetration of TV was slower than it was for the adoption of the Internet/smartphones. Many people in South Africa didn't have TV until well into the '70s/'80s. And TV itself evolved as time worn on, from small black & white screens without even a UHF dial to color and the remote control to cable TV and VCR capability to stereo sound, sophisticated menus, to HD and Internet compatibility to Smart TVs that can function like assistants and simply be multi-purpose stations like a lot of "futuristic" movies of the '60s/'70s portrayed.

I'll bet 1900 seemed pretty futuristic at the time, when things like the automobile, electricity, early motion pictures, subways, and the telephone started to become adopted pretty quickly, and the original "futurism" movement occured not too long afterwards, along with the rapid withdrawal of cultural movements like romanticism, impressionism, and Victorianism. But it took until sometime in the 1920s for the 20th century to begin to feel distinct from 19th IMO for obvious reasons such as radio, widespread auto & electricity adoption, motion pictures as an "industry", aviation even if not yet commercial, and jazz music in contrast with the waltz, minstrel and folk ballads, and Romanticism-style classical music. We'll see what the 2020s bring in terms of advancements like commercial space travel, improved self-driving vehicles, AI, VR, and maybe even the discovery of aliens. The thing is the planets seem to line up (or almost line up) for such predictions only around once a century, but of course, Earth has limited resources, so its possible that man has "maxed out" on its innovation, or will very soon.

Subject: Re: Do you think we'll ever have an era as futuristic as the new Millennium?

Written By: 2001 on 03/05/19 at 6:36 am

I don't know if other people agree, but the late 2000s/early 2010s felt futuristic too. It felt like I was buying life changing technology every year. Online console gaming, smartphones, the expansion of WiFi and 4G internet, proliferation of streaming services. The Internet of Things makes every otherwise banal device feel like the future.

Subject: Re: Do you think we'll ever have an era as futuristic as the new Millennium?

Written By: SpyroKev on 03/05/19 at 9:27 am


I would say the Y2K era was the last time we had both a strong economy and a general spirit of optimism in our society at the same time.  That alone makes it a special era.


And for us who are older, there's room for biasness. Its impossible, bruh.
I don't know if other people agree, but the late 2000s/early 2010s felt futuristic too. It felt like I was buying life changing technology every year. Online console gaming, smartphones, the expansion of WiFi and 4G internet, proliferation of streaming services. The Internet of Things makes every otherwise banal device feel like the future.


The whole 2000s perfected "futuristic" You have to let the phenomenon happen on its own. It will never happen now tho because we're constantly trying to predict it.

Subject: Re: Do you think we'll ever have an era as futuristic as the new Millennium?

Written By: bchris02 on 03/05/19 at 10:27 am

Would anybody agree with me that today, the American collective mindset is far more backward-thinking than it used to be?  The Y2K era was a very forward thinking, optimistic time.  The late 2000s had some of that as well.  Today it seems like we are obsessed as a society with returning to a mythological "good ole days."  In 2000 we were looking forward towards a better future and in 2019, we are looking backwards at a glorious past.

Subject: Re: Do you think we'll ever have an era as futuristic as the new Millennium?

Written By: Early2010sGuy on 06/07/19 at 10:56 pm

I thought the 2020s would be futuristic because in technology because I was hoping for Holograms since 2011, and it didnt happen yet. Sure, 8K TV is already on the way, but 1080p is still the standard, I dont care if there are 1080p hologram displays, It would be cool even just to see what it's like, through a demo. Self-driving cars haven't happened yet too! Even tubes through buildings for train transportation, none of those happened. The 80s really did overestimate the 2010s... Sure, there are voice assistants and Virtual Reality, and smartphones that 80s kids hoped for, but it's far from what we expected.

Welp, let's wait until the Y2K1H era lol (2097-2101).  ;D ;D ;D

Subject: Re: Do you think we'll ever have an era as futuristic as the new Millennium?

Written By: Stillinthe90s on 06/08/19 at 11:43 am


Would anybody agree with me that today, the American collective mindset is far more backward-thinking than it used to be?  The Y2K era was a very forward thinking, optimistic time.  The late 2000s had some of that as well.  Today it seems like we are obsessed as a society with returning to a mythological "good ole days."  In 2000 we were looking forward towards a better future and in 2019, we are looking backwards at a glorious past.


Yes, I agree today's collective mindset in the U.S. is backward-thinking in the sense that there's no general consensus anymore that bettering people's lives, reducing inequalities and toning down hatreds, and empowering ordinary people through allowing them greater rights and enabling their economic security should be a basic assumption of our culture. The progressive ideas that gained momentum around the turn of the twentieth century and became dominant in political systems of industrialized countries during the Depression and during and after World War II have been under sustained attack by reactionaries since the 70s and 80s, but even into the Y2K era there was a widespread assumption among people that we need to progress as a society in the sense of serving the public well-being. Even politicians still talked about such things, even though what they said was lip service.

Now we have a mixture of cynicism among those who still want that progress, on the one hand, and emboldened extremists who want to undo much of the better part of the legacy of the twentieth century, on the other hand. It's become clear that the political system no longer cares about the lives of ordinary people and is operating according to the priorities of different elite factions without any deep thought to the consequences for the public. Even the concept of "the public" as a political bloc and major player that political minds must account for is just about dead, and the focus among politicians now is not how to appease the people by serving the general interests within the constraints thrown up by powerful elite interests but rather on how to manipulate, lie to, and carve the population into ever finer groupings that can be swayed to vote for one phony candidate or another. "The public" became a big deal during the Enlightenment and especially in the 19th century as the franchise was expanded and democratization gained steam. So the intellectual and rhetorical foundations of twentieth-century progressivism are not the only decent legacy getting ripped down; the nineteenth and eighteenth centuries' progress is also being undermined.

Subject: Re: Do you think we'll ever have an era as futuristic as the new Millennium?

Written By: 2012emo on 06/09/19 at 8:02 am

It looked like we were heading towards that back in the late 00s/early 10s but then hipsters came and destroyed all that :P. I do have hope that the 2020s will look very futuristic especially since the 2020s have been considered the ~future~ for a long time.

Subject: Re: Do you think we'll ever have an era as futuristic as the new Millennium?

Written By: mwalker1996 on 06/09/19 at 9:29 am


I don't know if other people agree, but the late 2000s/early 2010s felt futuristic too. It felt like I was buying life changing technology every year. Online console gaming, smartphones, the expansion of WiFi and 4G internet, proliferation of streaming services. The Internet of Things makes every otherwise banal device feel like the future.
I'm totally with you on that. When I had my frist Android phone in late 2009 man did I felt I was in the future. Funny enough, Enimen reference 2020 in his 2009 song we made you at the end of the song.

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