Alibi V.19 No.1 • Jan 7-13, 2010 

Feature

A Decade’s Detritus

What America watched, heard, said, read, ate and died from in the first 10 years of the 2000s

Take a bow, 2000 to 2009 A.D. You’ve given this millennium one hell of a first act to follow. Here in the U.S., the decade brought terrorism, biblical floods and two wars—the sort of hardships we always assumed (or pretended) we were exempt from. We no longer have the luxury of that thinking. Yet the decade also ushered some of our wildest dreams into reality—medical and technological breakthroughs that are redefining life as we know it, and a president whose election changed the very face of politics.

The highs were mighty lofty, while the lows scraped bottom. But what were we really doing during this last decade? We’ve lived through some major shifts; but the accumulated detritus from our day-to-day lives is just as telling of the 10 years we had. How did we fill those 3,653 days? What does it say about us? ... Here’s a start.