“In Libya now, we are trying our best to understand this past, in public, on our street walls. The British and American governments owe their public the same, by revealing exactly what went on during those dark years. Publishing a full, unredacted, version of the Senate report is the only way for us to move forward together and ensure that those years do not happen again. I think the American people would expect nothing less of their government. These events took place. I am a witness. However many black lines President Obama or his editors try to draw over this report, the truth will not go away.”—The CIA Must Tell the Truth About My Rendition At 12 Years Old
What event in 2009 marks the official end of pop culture?
it wasn’t a specific event imo, but a shift. i think as social media became more and more a part of our lives, the excitement & messiness that defined mid-00s pop culture disappeared. for example, take a look @ the coverage of britney’s breakdown. we didn’t get immediate updates within seconds of her shaving her head. info, pictures, videos all came out hours later - even a day later. now everything is really too instantaneous, everybody is way too connected, there’s no mystery or excitement. and with every celebrity on social media - any boundary between ‘us’ and ‘them’ disappears. we know way too much about their lives to actually care. way too many celebrities now post every single snippet of their life on instagram or twitter that it’s boring. they try so hard to seem ~just like us~ or ~relatable~, for the sake of their image i guess - but i don’t want them to be just like us, i don’t want to know what they’re eating, doing, watching, etc. - i only want to know who screwed who, who did coke off courtney love’s ass, who sped the wrong way down a highway on vicodin- it’s too hard to filter out all the bs from the stuff that really made the glorious disaster of the 2000s. plus way too many celebs know how to maintain their image now on all fronts that good scandals are hard to come by. plus social media lets them say whatever dumb thing comes to their mind so it’s so much easier to see which celebs (lbr most celebs) are assholes that there’s only like a select group i actually care ab/follow their life in great detail (pretty much anyone you see on this blog is who i’m referring to). so i don’t think a specific event changed anything - i’ve had people message me that it was MJ’s death (lmao) but there’s definitely such a thing as knowing too much & that’s what killed it.