With the start of the new Millennium, society saw the catchphrase “Whazzup” gain popularity of epic proportions, Survivor and Jackass starting the Reality television genre while Monday Night Football welcomed Dennis Miller to the announcing booth. On the political front, Florida and their hanging chad controversy resulted in George W. Bush becoming the 43rd President of the United States.
2001 saw Reality television continue to thrive with Fear Factor making its premiere and WWE promoter Vince McMahon created new football league called the Extreme Football League (XFL). The popular movies of the year included Zoolander, Moulin Rouge, Pearl Harbor and Momento. On the technological front, the Segway personal transport made its debut and Apple’s iPod changed the way the world listened to music. Also discussed is the world’s reaction the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The year 2002 saw music fans crown their first American Idol and David Blaine taking his “street magic” to new levels in a new special. In the music world, Avril Lavinge and Andrew W.K. were the popular artists. Blockbuster movies included Spiderman, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and Signs. As Botox parties became popular, Robert Blake went on trial for his wife’s murder and Yao Ming got drafted into the NBA. Also discussed is the Department of Homeland Security’s introducing of their colored threat indicator.
The year 2003 brought the world the final part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Finding Nemo, and the Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. On the television front, The O.C. and Joe Millionaire made their debuts. The United States’ war on terror had a major victory when Saddam Hussein was found in Iraq, and following a recall election, movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger became California’s newest Governor.
2005 saw Donald Trump staring in his own reality show entitled The Apprentice, and Jeopardy! contestant Ken Jennings smashing show records with his impressive win streak. Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ being the top movie at the box office, the Boston Red Socks breaking their 86-year-old curse and winning the World Series, and Ugg Boots becoming extremely popular are also discussed.
In 2005, the top movies of the year included Brokeback Mountain, March of the Penguins, and Grizzly Man. Dateline NBC starting their “To Catch a Predator” segment, Martha Stewart’s stint in jail, and Kirstie Alley becoming the spokesperson for Jenny Craig is also discussed.
As the year 2006 is discussed, Daniel Craig becoming the new James Bond, Borat, Little Miss Sunshine are discussed on the movie front while James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful,” Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day,” and Pink’s “Stupid Girls” where were some of the popular songs. Also discussed is Mel Gibson’s drunken rant following a DUI arrest and Dick Cheney’s hunting accident.
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In 2007, topics discussed included Drew Carey taking Bob Barker’s place on The Price is Right, and Americans making Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? a popular game show. Popular movies of the year included 300, Transformers, and the Bourne Ultimatum. As Amy Winehouse sang about “Rehab,” Rihanna had one of the top songs of the year with “Umbrella.” Other pop culture fodder of the year included the introduction of Apple’s iPhone, Don Imus’ controversial comments, and GEICO’s insurance commercials starring several cavemen.