01 January 2011

Demonym for the Decade Past

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp !
and surely I’ll be mine ! 
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne

For auld lang syne, my jo,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,                                     
for auld lang syne.

          -Robert Burns   "Auld Lange Syne" (1788)

As we enter the second decade of this millennium, we ought to reflect where we have been.  Since we no longer reside in the decade past, we should designate a moniker for the era.

The British have taken to calling the period between 2001-2010 as the “Noughties” as a play on zero as well as an implication of naughtiness. It’s a clever label but gives a bit of a false flag.  Sure there were celebutards like Paris Hilton and Lindsey Lohen but these are media grotesqueries that do not represent the age.

 The spurt of “naughty” pols in America, like Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL 16th ), Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY 29th ) Rep. James Traficant (D-OH 17th ), Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH 18th), Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA 2nd), Rep. "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA 50th),  Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY 15th), Sen. John Edwards (D-NC),  and Governor Elliot Spitzer (D-NY), are more individual aberrations whose misdeeds are quickly relegated to the corner of one’s mind.  In fact, a year and a half after resigning in disgrace due to the Empire Club prostitution scandal, Elliot Spitzer has his own prime time show on CNN.  Arguably, Julian Assange might bespeak of the “Noughties” but I believe that for him the medium is the message.

My remembrance of things past is jaundiced by September 11th 2001, which marked the end to ignoring Islamo-fascist aggression against the West.  It was a time which governmental nudging and bureaucratic bloat led to an overreach which spawned a genuine grassroots resistance (known as the Tea Party) to a Leviathan government.  It is an era in which technology became infused in nearly ever portion of our lives.

With that in mind, I propose calling the last decade A.D. 2K.0.  It honors the new millennium but suggests a starting over.  It retains the Western heritage but displays a detachment to religion.  It really captures the digital age in which we have lived.  It also echos the second wave of the internet where we are contributing and not just reading what is there.

Although I think that A.D. 2K.0 captures the Zeitgeist, I appreciate that the moniker may be too precious or not age well.  So I’m open for suggestions.  But we had better come up with something quickly before the Lamestream Media inculcates their chosen label.

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