[*]Occupy Wall Street
Some minor protests that achieved nothing. These won't be remembered as anything more than a footnote, I don't think. In the UK context, for instance, when I think back to the 'massive' popular-political events ten years ago - the Fuel Protests, the Anti-War Protests, the Countryside Alliance - I don't think they loom large in people's minds (the anti-war demonstrations a little more, but more because of their continuing salience than for thei historical significance). And those from ten years before that? You'd have to be a political historian to have heard of them.
Time made The Protestor (with references to OWS and Arab Spring) the Person of the Year in 2011, so I wouldn't call them minor and they seem to be strongly associated with the decade. In the U.S., we still remember the protests against the invasion of Iraq from the previous decade, the Battle of Seattle and Rodney King L.A. race riots from the nineties, and the Vietnam protests from the sixties and seventies. And of course, people everywhere remember China's Tiananmen Square when they think of the eighties.
[*]Carly Rae Jepsen
I don't know who he is
Apparently the name Carly is not in use in the U.K. Carly is a girl's name in North America.
Carly Rae Jepsen put out a ubiquitous single called "Call Me Maybe" in 2012. Then she teamed up with a boy named Adam Young who had a one-man project called Owl City (who previously had had a hit with "Fireflies") who do a song called "Good Time".
Call Me Maybe:
[*]The revival of indie rock -- Gotye, Ellie Goulding, Fun., Grouplove, Imagine Dragons, and Of Monsters and Men
I don't know who these people are - I think I've heard of Gotye, but that's it. I don't know what 'indie rock' is exactly meant to be (it always seems the same as non-indie rock to me), but I do know that people have been telling me that we're in an indie rock revival since the late nineties.
Gotye is Australian (of Belgian birth), Ellie Goulding is British, Fun. are from New York, I think Grouplove and Imagine Dragons are American but I'm not 100% sure, and Of Monsters and Men are Icelandic.
Gotye's biggest hit so far has been "Somebody that I Used to Know": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UVNT4wvIGY
Ellie Goulding does such songs as "Lights": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NKUpo_xKyQ
(It was remade by dubstep band Bassnectar too.)
Fun. first became popular with a song callef "We Are Young": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv6dMFF_yts
Grouplove aren't played on the vast majority of radio stations across the U.S. like the other groups I mentioned, but they became popular at the same time as the others. Their biggest hit is "Tongue-tied" (not a remake of the Eve 6 song by the same name): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1x1wjGKHjBI
Imagine Dragons do such songs as "Demons": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWRsgZuwf_8
And Of Monsters and Men do folsky Scandinavian stuff like "Little Talks": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghb6eDopW8I
The late nineties and tenties weren't very indie-ish by comparison. I think what happened is radio rock (and pop-rock) became so clogged up with bland crap like Daughtry, the Calling, Rascal Flatts, Three Doors Down, and Five for Fighting in the tenties (the 2000-2009 decade) because record company execs weren't willing to take chances, that non-indie rock finally imploded on itself and the really good stuff that mainstream record companies were afraid of became the only new acts left to buy . . . and since it was good, people liked it. (Of course, non-indie rock acts that had been around for some time like Green Day, Coldplay, U2, Linkin Park and the Red Hot Chili Peppers were time-tested classics and continued to be popular.)
In terms of history, most pop music from most eras has already largely been forgotten. You end up with just a couple of performers/bands, plus a sprinkling of other 'hits' that people don't really know about the performers of.
From the sixties, people remember the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Jan and Dean, the Temptations, the Supremes, the Association, the Grateful Dead, the Doors, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix (death seems to be a great publicity stunt), Jefferson Airplane, the Dave Clark 5, the Monkees (even though people widely consider them talentless), the Mamas and the Papas, and a number of others; more than a couple. By "a sprinkling of other 'hits' that people don't really know about the performers of", are you referring to songs like "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (no one knows much about one-hit wonder the Tokens)?
It's like a guy in 1963 saying that the sixties would be remembered for Steve Lawrence, The Rooftop Singers, The Chiffons, Jan and Dean, and Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs (all of whom had multi-week #1 hits in the US that year).
I don't know who Steve Lawrence is. The Rooftop Singers are included in some sixties retro/memorabilia collections as their "Walk Right In" is considered an iconic example of a folk song (I believe Forrest Gump may have sampled the song?), the Chiffons (I know who they are -- they did "He's So Fine") are remembered when people think of girl groups (an important part of sixties pop music), Jan and Dean often come to think after people think of the sixties and think of the Beach Boys (they did "Lottle Old Lady from Pasadena"), and Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs (I'm not sure but I think they did "Sigar Shack"?) are of course not very well remembered.
I've heard of him! I don't think I've heard any of his music, though
So far, he's put out "Just the Way You Are" (not a remake of the Billy Joel song, BTW), "Grenade", "It Will Rain", "Locked Out of Heaven", "The Lazy Song", "When I Was Your Man" and probably some others I can't quite recall at this moment.
[*]Wavy-looking, India-style clothing patterns
That sounds interesting, although I'm not sure how 'wavy-looking' and 'india-style' can go together. In any case, I haven't seen these
Wish I had a camera so I could take a picture next time I see one of these at a clothing store.
[*]Widespread distrust in the government and cops
Doesn't seem to be a lot of that around. Some, sure, but there's always some - wouldn't compare it to the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, or 2000s in that regard, though.
Oh, there definitely is (if anything, even more, as it's not mostly confined to African-Americans and young people anymore). Check out this thread on the Fourth Turning board:
http://www.fourthturning.com/forum/show ... -Saeculums
[*]The realization of the LGBT rights dream
If that happens, you mean? Sure, this decade will be remembered as a good decade in that regard, but hardly a pivotal one. Gay rights have been improving for decades, and still have some years to go.
Here's some other decades of gay rights in the USA:
- the fifties - homosexual content was no longer considered automatically obscene, and could be bought and sold and transmitted by mail
- the eighties - firing teachers for being gay became illegal, and so did prohibiting pro-homosexual student groups
- the 2000s - right to gay sex recognised, sodomy laws struck down
Sure, USA vs Windsor is all very nice, but it's nowhere near as significant as Lawrence vs Texas!
In the UK, the first pivotal time was the fifties, when the Church and the Government both began to say (against public opinion) that homosexuality was not a mental illness and should not be illegal. In the sixties, gay sex was legalised in private homes, provided no third person was in the same building. And then the big wave came from the late nineties onward - equalised age of consent, gay adoption, civil partnerships, etc.
Well, this decade was the tipping point for gay marriage in the U.S. (and public sentiment on the issue -- for the first time, 50.1% of Americns over 18 came out in favor of gay marriage), and it's likely all 50 states will have gay marriage before it's over. I don't have a crystal ball, though, and this is just what I think
the eleventies will be remembered for.
Also, England and Wales legalized gay marriage too this decade.
[*]The first U.S. states to legalize recreational marijuana
Maybe. Depends what happens next. If it's repealed, it'll mostly be forgotten. And if it stays limited to the current states, it'll just be the subject of a couple of jokes now and then about Colorado, the same way we joke about the Dutch.
If, on the other hand, this turns out to be the vanguard of a wave of drugs legalisation, then it will be remembered.
Since I posted this, two more states plus Washington, D.C. have legalized it. The wave seems to be growing . . .
Worth bearing in mind, though, that in many cases the "decades" we remember don't start until quite a few years in. I've seen suggestions that the eighties began in '83 and the sixties in '65, for instance.
I've read this too. I think the sixties began in 1964 (in the U.S. at least), with the Vietnam War, the Beatles appearing on Ed Sullivan, etc. I would begin the nineties with the Berlin Wall and the tenties with George W. Bush stealing an election and ending up president thanks to dimpled chads, Katherine Harris and Jeb Bush.
At the end of December 31, 2009, my Kankonian dictionary had 21,145 words (the last being "skwezed", the word for jack (on a car)). At the end of April 30, 2013, it had 35,988. The most recent word is "vithevmuigakaldis", meaning lunchbucket worker
I don't know what that means.
"Lunchbucket worker" is an English term for a (usually socially conservative, pro-union) blue-collar working-class worker, typically bringing his peanut butter & jelly sandwich to the construction site in a bucket instead of a brown bag.
At the end of 2014, halfway through the decade, my Kankonian dictionary had 45,729 words, the most recent being uwalskekea
, or "whipping post". It comes from uwals
, to whip, and kekea
It looks as if musically this decade will be associated with EDM (much as the previous decade was), indie rock, and YouTube stars like Justin Bieber and Psy.