OpEd

From Then, To Now And Back

The early 2000s were the starting beat to an unfamiliar rhythm that shaped what we know as our present day. It was a time of change, a time of new beginnings as well as opportunities for those living in the Portland, Maine area. A lot of new things came to be during this time, and from then on, it has only continued to grow. From art, to music, to even technology alone, many things have changed. 

As a kid living in the early 2000s, I’ll be honest, there wasn’t much to do. Most of the time, time was spent on playing outside, and creating unrealistic scenarios about anything and everything that just so happened to come to mind. As for young adults and adults, life was not much more than a repetitive cycle of going home then to work again the next day. 

 Compared to all of this, it’s quite different today. Today we have a large variety of things to entertain ourselves and do. For example, music as of late has been on a steady climb in terms of production and all sorts of new music has been released. This also includes the amount of musical tours that have been announced. In terms of other entertainment, movies as well as musical theater and overall show productions have also grown in popularity over the years. 

From the 2000s to 2022, 52,636 movies have been produced. More are on the way. It’s impressive how much progress has been made over the years. In 2022, many students, including myself, have noticed how specific trends are returning from the 2000s and further back. Clothing style is one of the main ones that has crept back to the front row. I personally think the styles that have returned are fantastic.Some examples being, mom jeans, bucket hats, knit clothing, and cargo pants. It reminds me of a time where things were easier and a little less complicated. A time where you didn’t need to worry constantly if you were going to make ends meet. In the early 2000s despite the lack of the technological advancements we have today, it was a wonderful time.

Speaking of technology, it now is a huge part of our everyday lives. To some that initial idea is a little intimidating. I can agree. When it comes to technology, it was by far, the thing that changed the most during the gap between the early 2000s, to 2022. Technology as a whole improved faster than most were expecting. Since technology is such a huge part of our lives, many tend to forget about the times when technology wasn’t heavily integrated into our everyday lives.

From then to now and back, a lot has changed. Things will continue to change as technology, music and everything we know and love grows. I wouldn’t be too surprised if we see a number of old things from our pasts make yet another appearance in our futures. As most things do, our ways of entertainment will continue to progress. Like many others, I can’t wait to see what’s next to come. 

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