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Marty Beckerman: Worst Decade Ever

Marty Beckerman: Worst Decade Ever

Courtesy of Jason Louv of Dangerous Minds
 

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Dangerous Minds pal Marty Beckerman on why the 2000s were the worst decade ever. I think we all feel pretty much the same way, don’t we? (Except that I rate “Jersey Shore” as the decade’s final, crowning moment of painful redemption, its, uh, gelled-up crown of thorns, if you will…)

To paraphrase former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld—who is one of the many reasons why the ‘00s were a long, hard slog—the ‘00s were “a long, hard slog.” From the unfathomable atrocity of the 9/11 attacks to the unfathomable atrocity of Twilight, from George W. Bush’s half-assed Iraq invasion to Paris Hilton’s half-assed Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose, from the sanctimonious bull of the Taliban to the sanctimonious bull of Eating Animals (HEMINGWAY WOULD NOT APPROVE, JONATHAN), this Wretched Temporal Vacuum of Soul Death known as the Aughts devoured every possible speck of human joy; I visited the 21st century and all I got was this lousy collapse of the world economy.

We have collectively endured—nay, survived—a dark, traumatizing era of Torture and Propaganda and Fundamentalism and Paranoia and Havoc and Facial Stubble and Star Wars prequels that robbed young people of what should have been the best years of our lives. Everything in the past 10 years was a complete disappointment: Kurt Vonnegut and Norman Mailer croaked while Carlos Mencia and Glenn Beck continued to breathe; Hunter S. Thompson and David Foster Wallace killed themselves when Rush Limbaugh and Michael Moore should have (They both deserve hospitalization for heart attacks—and not simply because of their politics).

(Marty Beckerman: Worst Decade Ever)

(Marty Beckerman’s latest book: Dumbocracy: Adventures with the Loony Left, the Rabid Right, and Other American Idiots)

 


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