So last night I was thinking about what would capture this our first decade in the 21st century. These were a few things that came to mind.
My sister and brother-in-law love this show. And we agreed that "American Idol" will definitely have a part in defining the decade.
No doubt. The iPod changed, well, everything.
9/11. Those numbers will never mean the same thing again.
Facebook is the quintessence of Web 2.0. I don't know yet if Facebook has been around long enough to be a defining element of the decade. But its pervasiveness, the way it's changed how we think and talk ("Adam can't quit thinking in Facebook status updates."), makes a strong case for it.
"Google might take over our lives. And I think I'm okay with that," I heard someone say. Some think they're changing how we think. They're organizing the world's information. It would be hard to exclude them from this list.
We're in a huge political season, so I'm not going to explore that realm except to say that President Bush certainly was hugely influential on this decade, but I think Barack Obama will be more of an icon for the decade in our memories.
What about music or television or movies? Have they been overshadowed by these other giants?