What would be surprising to you if you woke up today?
A black President would be number one.
Reese Witherspoon's oscar
That nobody had pulled the plug.
That my beanie babies aren't worth several million dollars.
That awful PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is still running?
That Cher is touring again!
Not just a black president, but someone I hadn't heard of in October 2003.
Gay marriage in (how many?) states.
The "Furt" episode of GLEE.
OJ's lawyer's kids.
Black president and gay marriage in 14 states.
Sandra Bullock's Oscar.
Robert Downey Jr's revitalised career.
How much reality TV has taken over.
That a Democratic president has been in office for two terms, but still nothing has been done on the environment/climate change and the public is okay with this because they find talent-less celebrities so fascinating.
That DLers are still talking/arguing about the same things.
You mean the climate deniers in Congress have nothing to do with it, R13? You know, the ones who have not allowed any scientific testimony about climate change for the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. The committee chaired by a Republican Texas lawyer. The very same committee who was chaired by another Republican Texas lawyer (a 90 year old to boot) until January?
They did not appoint themselves to their positions, r15. Quit trying to shift the blame.
That you can pretty much pull out a phone and watch streaming pornography, live sex feeds, or find a fuck within a 500 ft radius.
R16, please explain how any of that is the Democratic President's fault.
Yeah, I think Smart Phones would be rather shocking. Voice commands, gestures, maps & directions, the quality of games on them, etc...
They were elected by ignoramus red states' voters and appointed to the committee by their leadership, R16. Do you think MOCs are faultless in this? Who do you prefer I blame? Myself?
9-11, cel phone technology, computers--even portable ones!, those awful Jersey Shore kids, CGI in film, Obama, gay rights, that man hasn't colonized the moon, cars that don't fly, wardrobes aren't silver jumpsuits with capes.
How much worse NYC could get.
Tablets, iPads, Kindles, etc. The fact that bookstores really don't exist any more. That amazon.com does so much more than books.
White pubic hair
Madonna is still alive?! Wasn't she like 85 when I fell into a coma?
If you fell into a coma in 2003, you would be surprised by 9/11 r21?
The Friday afternoon drinkie poos must have kicked in for R21.
That my family had been wiped out over the span of ten years.
r1 [quote]A black President
Obama is not black!
Where's my purse?
That there could be politicians worse than Bush and Cheney.
I had never even heard of Obama back in 2003.
J. Lo. Still here.
Nobody has put the Bushes, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Ashcroft et al to death for treason. I was optimistic back then.
JLo still here and hanging on, Obama as Pres, gay marriage, RDJ the highest paid actor in the world, Tom Cruise an imploded joke, Britney gone mad (but came back), Camilla a heartbeat away from being Queen.
That kind of did happen to me, and I was very surprised to learn that Charleton Heston had died, of all things.
[quote] If you had fallen into a coma in October 2003...
Who says I didn't?
What happened, R36?
I know so many people whose standard of living is nowhere near what it was 5 yrs ago. (Myself included)
I look back at the money I made, the trips I took, the nice clothes, all the great dinners at upscale restaurants, the extravagant presents for family and friends, etc. That's all "gone, baby, gone".
I am kicking myself that I was not more aggressive in putting more away in my savings acct back when I was making great money. The company I worked for went under in 2011 and I was unemployed for a year. Was grateful to finally find a new job, but I took a huge pay cut. Now I make just enough to pay the bills and a little left over.
I look back at the way I used to live a few years ago and it almost seems like a dream.
That the 9/11 site is still under construction.
[quote]How much worse NYC could get.
Worse? New York is amazing now!
[quote]JLo still here and hanging on
Nobody with an IQ above 80 gave a fuck about Jlo back in 2003.
2003? It appears that most Datalounge posters are just now waking up from the comas they fell into in 1980.
Dell, Yahoo, Motorola, and HP are in trouble?
Real Estate costs what?
Why are they shaving crotches now? Sure, wax where you want, but leave something to floss with.
Mickey Fucking Rooney is still with us?
Al Franken is considered a 'serious' Senator?
Newsprint is dead? With what will I wrap my stuff? BTW, nobody sells on eBay anymore? WTF?
Oh, where's Rosie?
Cloud based services
Streaming movies via Apple TV, Roku, Amazon instant video
The downsizing/financial issues surrounding the US post office (I used to get my mail delivered around lunch time and now it comes around 6 pm)
The cost of groceries and gas
Random pop culture: Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Lady GaGa, Justin Bieber, Kardashians, Twilight, etc
That a Democrat got elected and W and Cheney still aren't in jail.
That everything costs about 4 times what it did.
That Democrats don't seem to care any more about the poor than the GOP.
That prick Bloomberg is still mayor of NYC.
Luise Rainer is still wheeling around.
Facebook and Twitter!
[quote]That Democrats don't seem to care any more about the poor than the GOP.
That is some fucking ignorant bullshit right there. Not even close to accurate.
Probably be shocked there is no manned space program any more, no Shuttles, nothing.
That's a good one, R51. And sadly indicative of our country losing ground in so many ways.
That many no longer consider NYC the center of everything - China is. And LA and Chicago , have stolen it's thunder.
[quote]9-11, cel phone technology, computers--even portable ones!
Is there something wrong with you? All of these things existed in October, 2003.
That Apple is the world's most valuable company.
That Google not only dominates the global smartphone market, but that it's also nearly perfected self-driving cars.
The Financial Crisis - the fact that the world's financial system came perilously close to total collapse.
Betty White starring in now the 4th season of a regular production sitcom, at 91!
That "Survivor" is still a thing. Ditto American Idol.
Just how cheap HDTVs have become.
A President with a Muslim name he shares with the Iraqi dictator.
That Bin Laden is dead.
Apart from technological advances, nothing much has changed in (pop) culture. I'm especially referring to all that 80s revival crap.
That General Francisco Franco is still dead.
The Darkness isn't the greatest band evar?
Michael Jackson is no longer a weird child humping Asian lady, but a Americas dead sweetie pie.
That you have to pass the bill to see what's in it.
It would have to be that a Black man named Barack Obama was elected President of the United States. Twice.
Young people have no idea what apartheid was like in America, no idea at all.
Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston no longer alive
That the "Democrats" are now led by a (semi-black) President who fawns over the memory of Ronald Reagan and has policies considerably t the right of RR's. And so the "Democrats" are now in favor of starting wars all over the world, but also cutting basic social services and totally cool with high unemployment.
And that millions of sheep note that the "official" Republicans have migrated even further to ultra-whacko land in response and therefore embrace policies they used to revile. No criminal prosecutions for Wall Street? Sure! Off-shore drilling everywhere? Hell, yeah! "Trans-Pacific Partnership"? You bet!
Moral of story: being a right-wing turd is easy as long as you call yourself a "Democrat". This message brought to you by GoldmanSachs and its Washroom Attendant of the Year, B.H. Obama.
Academy Award Winner Sandra Bullock
Mark Paul Gossalar, Tiffani Amber Thiessen, Elizabeth Berkley, and Mario Lopez = Employed!
The destruction of newspapers and the steep decline of real journalism. The propaganda that has replaced it.
The NSA spying. The violation of Constitutional freedoms and the apparent lack of American outrage.
All the other stuff people listed.
Has anyone yet mentioned a black president? Because, you know, I think that would sort of be a big deal.
I have to echo the Smartphone sentiment. I think I would be shocked at seeing so many people glued to their phones too and the degree to which face to face interaction has dwindled.
That Cicely Tyson, a black woman, was elected President of her weekly book club.
The predominant smartphone, apps, and Netflix. And Barack Obama, Tammy Baldwin, and Al Franken.
What in the hell is a Kardashian?
That there are people as stupid and deluded as R63 in this country.
I gotta thing the prevalence of HD TV, and the size and thinness of them would be kind of a shock. It really took very little time for everyone to go HD, and for average TV sizes to jump to 50" and beyond, with a thickness of less than an inch.
That the Boston Red Sox have won the World Series twice, and that they have a realistic shot at winning it again this year.
[quote]If you fell into a coma in 2003, you would be surprised by 9/11 [R21]?
This post is proof that you don't have to be a bitch to post something genuinely hilarious.
That the iPod is basically dead and few people really buy MP3 players any more.
That businesses like Value City, Circuit City, KB Toys, Borders, Woolworths, Bennigan's, Lehman Brother's, Tower Records, are gone. That Continental Airlines is gone, along with Northwest Airlines, Frontier airlines, etc....
That there are so many openly gay characters on popular shows with very little backlash or complaint... as crappy a show as something like "GLEE" is, it's featured gay teenagers (gay AND lesbian) in sexual, romantic relationships, without a single issue. There are also openly gay actors playing straight roles without any real issue (NPH, Z.Quinto, Ian McKellen, Matt Bomer, and a dozen more). Gay marriage in 12 states, and poised to be legal in nearly a dozen more over the next couple of years. And a President who speaks out eloquently on the topic of gay equality, marriage quality, and who has forced through equal federal benefits for married same-sex couples... that DOMA is gone, and gay people serve openly, and same-sex couples get military benefits.
That there aren't any porn magazines any more. Playgirl is long gone.
That most cities don't allow smoking in bars or restaurants any more, and almost nobody cares or complains.
2 non-Italian popes elected; one resigned.
People staying away from movie theaters.
Public getting more apathetic to what made their country great.
Less people dying from Aids-related causes.
Prisons are so packed, they're allowing felons out.
Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake are still famous.
What is he then, r29 ?
I wouldn't have killed near as many flies.
Obama, Facebook/twitter, iPhones, Netflix,Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston dead, reality tv taking over, mass shootings happening on a regular basis, Anistin/Pitt divorce,the meltdown of Britney Spears,where did the Kardashians come from,Jessica Simpson with a fashion line, cable tv having all the best shows, Britney Murphy dead, and that the world hasn't completely self destructed yet.
This thread is becoming redundant. Please read all the entries before you post or I will delete this thread completely.
Paris Hilton is still famous.
R15 world peace???? Kids being raped by troops in iraq disagree
Agree with everyone looking at their phones, all the time. Even me, sadly.
That Cheryl's pussy STILL stinks.
Rupert Murdoch's formerly unquestioned power significantly damaged by evidence of criminal activity and systemic corruption.
Popular appeal of The New Atheism.
"The NSA spying. The violation of Constitutional freedoms and the apparent lack of American outrage." That was going on in 2003, R65.
Betty White is not only still alive, but still working.
[quote]That Continental Airlines is gone, along with Northwest Airlines, Frontier airlines, etc...
Frontier is still around.
[quote]2 non-Italian popes elected; one resigned.
There hasn't been an Italian pope since the 1970s.
Hillary Clinton was out maneuvered in the Democratic primary (FL and MI votes not counted, caucus state high jinks.)
Oh good lord, PUMA at R91, get the fuck OVER it already!
I don't think Hillary was viewed as the likely nominee for 2008 back in '03. Then Howard Dean was the leading candidate for '04.
I think the fact that George W. Bush was re-elected would come as a shock...
R94 - Not in '03.
Bush was re-elected in November of 2004.
If you went into a coma in 2003, and woke up now, you'd be shocked that Bush was re-elected.
Because even in 2003, we knew the Iraq war was a lie, and that he wasn't LEGITIMATELY elected the first time (lost the popular vote, was installed by a Supreme Court ruling that made absolutely zero legal sense what-so-ever).
If you had been following the polls in Oct 2003, you would have known that it looked like a tight race in '04. We didn't know who the Democratic nominee was yet, and no one in the field looked particularly strong.
That people still go to church and believe in sky fairies.
[quote]9-11, cel phone technology, computers--even portable ones!, those awful Jersey Shore kids, CGI in film, Obama, gay rights, that man hasn't colonized the moon, cars that don't fly, wardrobes aren't silver jumpsuits with capes.
Bitches, PLEASE. We're talking 2003, not 1973. Plenty of people, myself included, had cell phones then, and BlackBerrys were already common among the business set; it's not *that* much of a stretch to conceive a color smartphone with apps on it (PalmPilots of the era had apps, too). You'd have to be fucking ridiculous to think we'd've colonized the moon by now, particularly considering that in 2003 the Columbia shuttle exploded, putting the space program into serious jeopardy. Laptop computers have been commonplace since the mid-'90s.
Facebook and social networking were also entirely conceivable: Friendster had been created by 2003, and from there it all snowballed. The death spiral of print media, including newspapers, began around 1995. YouTube wasn't around yet, but streaming video most certainly existed in 2003, as did high-speed home Internet connections, so I don't see why you bitches would be shocked to discover streaming Netflix.
Finally - the economy, R40? Seriously? Did you miss the dot-com implosion in 2000 and 2001, which practically destroyed the tech sector for five years afterwards? Did you fail to observe the post-9/11 collapse of the travel sector, or the effect the WTC attacks had on the economy in general? Did you miss the "Dow 25,000" predictions of around '99 or so? The economy hasn't been *consistently* good since the late '90s.
Youtube has really changed politics and the spread of pop culture.
Spotify and other services have radically changed how we listen to music.
The internet has driven down the cost of creative professional services -- marketing, PR, film, advertising, political consulting, some aspects of the legal profession and again, music. It has ravaged copyright and made a lot of things that cost money and brainpower to produce become available for free.
Very nice for the consumer, for the producer not so great.
Computers are going to decimate many more jobs, so be prepared.
R40 was talking about his own situation. No need to jump down his throat.
I am in the same boat. Have gone from making good money in a full-time job with benefits to making much less part-time. the economy shedding full-time jobs has been a trend.
I miss travel and being able to help friends out most of all.
finding out motherfuckers are trying to eliminate abortion and deny women complete control of their own bodies
The elimination of bookstores and record stores.
The general acceptance of people walking down the street/driving their cars involved with the phone and/or texting. When that behaviour began I thought it would be discouraged but I am finding the texters and cell phone users are now given the right-of-way to proceed with their self-involvement endangering and/or inconveniencing all those around them.
I think I'd be surprised quite how bad pop music has become. It was bad then...but now, it's ten whole years worse.
The fact all the cars are silver, grey, black or white.
All the women wearing black, thinking they look great in it. Where's the fucking funeral?
1) The Kardashibomb that destroyed celebrity.
2) No weapons of mass destruction were ever found in Iraq - in addition, every awful thing the left was saying about the Bush administration lying us into war for oil was absolutely unequivocally 100% true. It also cost the American taxpayer about $2-trillion.
3) That habit of people paying off their credit cards every six months by refinancing their house and pulling out the equity based on new appraisals? - Bad Idea.
4) Four soap operas left on network television, 'All My Children' not one of them.
5) The Simpsons - now in Season 25.
6) South Park - now in Season 17.
7) Jennifer Anniston - still yet to reproduce.
8) All major technological advances are frequently designed as something that your phone can now do.
9) Still no movement on climate change legislation.
10) Black President. Elected Twice, Ethnic Middle Name. Sounds like 'Bareback Osama'.
Iraq? What's that?
I dunno but the Clintons have been around forever like Mommy and Daddy. That's kewl. So I guess maybe I'll vote for her later if she runs and if I'm not doing something else that day.
Both Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston died
Have a look at some names from 2003 Forbes Magazines Top Earning/Most Notable Celebrities.
How many of these have any clout at all in 2013?
The Dixie Chicks
Peter, you've lost your hair!
And I'm mostly known for having hosted the little-viewed reality series THE MOLE.
that we're still in Afghanistan.
That I wasn't missed at work.
Nobody famous had the AIDS in 2003 and ten years later no one famous has gotten it since.
I bet the AIDS is one of them fake illness like Morgellons and fibromyalgia.
My life from 10 years ago also feels like a dream, R40. Surprisingly enough, my cashflow improved after 2008, but that's because I stopped going out with friends altogether. I am miserable now, but 2 or 3 times a year I do what I could never do for ten years: visit a country, and that is truly what I wanted.
Miss my friends and going out like crazy, though.
And hate work. I used to be a layabout but the recession really scared me and I work all the time now. I hardly ever sleep, even.
That Kodak died, or is dying. That no one develops photos anymore, at all.
No need to buy a landline phone anymore. Calling on your mobile is now cheap, or even free.
There is a hell, and it is called Facebook.
Trucker caps weren't a lasting fashion item!
Color me shocked.
that 9-11 wasnt that big a deal really. That Iraq didnt actually turn into our Vietnam. That some Guy I never hard has become President. Where the hell did that come from?
that cellphone technology has actually regressed. on september 11, 2001, you could get a get a signal and chat in the air, but all these years later, you can't get a signal while flying
R119 - What do you mean? Iraq was like Vietnam.
If there had a been draft for Iraq it would have made Vietnam demonstrations seem like garden parties.
Even that imbecile W. wasn't stupid enough to think about a draft for the reason r122 cites. It would have been chaos in the streets. The only positive thing to come out of that awful Vietnam war was an end to the draft. The American public will never stand for it again, especially for a war in the Middle East.
Great thread, keep it going!
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Don't be so reductive.
That Mischa Barton would be a nobody by 2013!
That you can probably view hardcore pics of your neighbour on the internet...
2003 was pretty much before Android existed. Now it runs something like 60-70% of all smartphones world-wide, blowing even the iPhone out of the water, percentage-wise.
It never got better...
r108's list is interesting, it really shows how fickle fame is. None of those people are anywhere near powerful in the Industry anymore. Some of them, like Ray Romano and Mike Meyers, are almost forgotten.
I'm closer to r99's view. I don't think the changes from 2003 to now have been largely all that dramatic. Most changes people are talking about here are incremental improvements or logical extensions of what already existed at the time. An iphone 5s is a very cool improvement over the the best Nokia device of 2003, but it really is just a cool improvement, it is hardly revolutionary.
If anything, I think I would be disappointed in what I would find: 1) people's standards of living and net worth have largely gone down; 2) all the cool new apps and cell phone devices have done absolutely nothing to improve the general welfare of society; and 3) the wars of the time are the continuing wars of today.
The whole black president thing and gay marriage thing would be a pleasant surprise-- and not at all what I would have expected-- but a fair bit aways from anything I would call "shocking".
[quote]This thread is becoming redundant. Please read all the entries before you post or I will delete this thread completely.
Delete my balls, r81.
[quote]The whole black president thing and gay marriage thing would be a pleasant surprise-- and not at all what I would have expected-- but a fair bit aways from anything I would call "shocking".
You must be pretty young, R131.
What OP didn't intend, but I think we all sense, is the pace of change of modern life has DRAMATICALLY SLOWED in the last ten years.
It is the fault, of course, of the Criminal Rich.
I thought Clay Aiken was supposed to be a BIG star?!
R130 Ray Ramano is on Partenhood.
Dick Cheney is still alive.
The first iPhone was released in September of 2003. I think it'd be pretty shocking how smartphones have taken over, and how touch screens are everywhere now.
Hell, I have a touch-screen in my pocket, on my tablet, on my laptop, on my desktop, and even in my car.
High mileage cars.
Prince William is not quite as handsome as he was.
[quote]The first iPhone was released in September of 2003.
No, the first iPhone was released in June, 2007. You're 4 years off.
Moron/r136, the iphone was released in 2007, not in 2003. My god.
That a large number of adult men have become fans of a cartoon intended for little girls.
That Cheryl's pussy STILL stinks!
global mind control via smartphones
The 2004 Boxing Day Indian Ocean Tsunami.
The triple disaster that struck Japan in March 2011: one of the most powerful quakes ever recorded, followed by a devastating tsunami triggering 3 nuclear meltdowns.
Voyager 1 finally reached interstellar space.
[quote]Voyager 1 finally reached interstellar space
Why would anyone be surprised by that? Voyager 1 is on a known path so NASA knew when it would reach interstellar space.
Why not be surprised?
That Republicans don't believe in global warming.
Gay marriage, military out of Iraq, smart phones eating all free time, a two term Democratic President that is black, people suddenly admiring Ronald Reagan, military culture becoming more civilized.
Lots of great responses here, so I will only add the Googleglasses and the car that Google developed that drives itself.
How about the fact that we have so many robots roaming around Mars at the moment? And a probe to Pluto is still on target for an encounter in a couple of years? Or that we have active orbiters around Jupiter and Saturn? And we've landed a probe on Titan?
There are still housing projects in Manhattan. I thought Bloomberg and his cronies would have found some way to get all the project dwellers out into the boroughs. I'm not kidding.
That my ex is so immature, childish, and dishonest. Don't people ever grow up?
R145, NASA didn't know exactly when it would reach interstellar space. They didn't know the size of our sun's heliosphere.
Still waiting for change.
Yeah... health care reform, gay marriage, end of DADT, new consume financial protection bureau, and all the other things at this list? Yeah, right, no change at all... (rolling eyes)
The first generation iPhone was released on June 29, 2007, r136.
"It" finally happened. The Minsky Moment/Peak Debt/Wall St Crash/Depression Mk2
...and we did NOTHING. We just accepted another drop in living standards, another round of de-industrialisation, yet more sell off of public assets at fire sale prices, a generation lost to chronic under-employment and educational debt.