So long 2009, hello 2010!

In just over two weeks time it will be the end of the decade and 2010 will begin. With this in mind, the BBC have posted some very thought-provoking articles over the last few days in their Magazine section. I tweeted the link for the “Can one word sum up this decade?” article on 7 December, 2009 and since then the Magazine section have been adding more articles on momentous events, people, culture and objects.

Every decade is eventful but looking back, the Noughties is full of memories.

The decade started with massive hype about the year 2000 – the Y2K problem, first year of the 21st century and all that.

On a personal level, I was 11 and had just started my first year at high school. Soon, my educational career will finally be over. I learnt to drive, moved away from home, graduated and many other rites of passage. I now end this decade with a very firm idea of my future career and what I want to do over the next few years.

But what about on a more global level?

These are a few of material and cultural things which have shaped the Noughties for me:

  • The launch of the iPod nine years ago, 23 October, 2001 to be exact
  • YouTube was founded in February 2005
  • iTunes, which simultaneously saw the collapse of CD sales and the beginning of the digital revolution
  • Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites
  • The decline of newspapers with, as the BBC have phrased it, “readers migrating online”
  • The rise of CGI in the film industry resulting in truly epic films like the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Finding Nemo
  • Unfortunately, in my opinion, the amount of reality television shows

And what about the key events and key people of the Noughties?

  • George W. Bush, 9/11 and the “war on terror
  • The election of President Obama
  • Rupert Murdoch and his continuing influence in the media industry
  • The search for Madeline McCann
  • Tony Blair dominated British politics
  • The recession
  • Celebrity chefs like Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay and the rise of food programmes
  • The death of Michael Jackson

And what will 2010 bring? The future of the journalism world remains uncertain.

Social media and UGC (user-generated content) is on the increase. The amount of blogs is growing and more people are becoming connected with each other through social networking sites. The spread of news is literally becoming instantaneous. With over 1.7 billion internet users across the world, when something happens it is reported on extremely quickly.

The journalism world is still torn over employing pay-walls. With Rupert Murdoch at the forefront, the issue will no doubt be raging on for quite a while.

As I keep being told on my course, it is an exciting time to become a journalist though. There is a wealth of technology available which combined with classic journalistic skills, like writing well and knowing the law, will mean that we are entering the journalism world with a great toolkit.

Here’s looking to the future!

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