Adam Kotsko made some excellent points on his predictions post, so here is my lame attempt.
1. The beginning of the Decade of Anger: 2010 marks the end of the decade of awkwardness. My prediction is that citizens, inspired by the Tea Party and the student protests in the United Kingdom will start to look for the smallest thing to get upset over, especially the left-wing of the Democratic Party. Don’t Ask Don’t Tell isn’t an issue any more, so, I guess we will have to go back to square one, with the struggle between pro-life and pro-choice advocates. Abortion seems to mobilize liberals and conservatives like no other issue. Sex drives the world. As a Chad said today, it will be the decade of the angry GenX all over again.
2. There will be an increase in comic book movies and t.v. shows: Due to the lack of knowledge of history (in general) that teenagers have these days, as well as Science Fiction becoming more mainstream, I think that in order to pacify temporarily the enraged masses, the entertainment industry will substitute revolutionary violence with the fantasy violence of pop culture.
3. A Disgusting Amount of Television Coverage for 2012 GOP Presidential Candidates: This is already happening with Fox News & C-Span, but eventually, MSNBC and CNN will catch up. CNN has cozied up with the Tea Party Express for one GOP debate.
4. The Downfall of Christian Pop Culture as a Valid Alternative: Given the fact that the Christian music and book industries continue to spiral into irrelevancy, Nashville will no longer be the center of Christian or Gospel music. Instead, more underground artists and writers will slip through the cracks of Christendom and either remain independent or sign with “secular” labels or publishing companies.
5. SyFy channel will break someone’s heart: Of course, the always love-to-hate them SyFy network people will cancel a very popular show, adding to a rage fueled by government inaction.
6. Before the decade is through, a third “undeclared” war: U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan until a least 2018, with military advisers scheduled to stay until a few years afterward. Pakistan or North Korea will become our new Iraq. It is only a matter of time. Since candidate Obama did promise us this.
Any predictions from you all for the new decade to come?
- CNN, Tea Party Express plan debate (politico.com)