December 29, 2006 | 10:46 AM
2006 will be remembered for ....
10 years from now in 2016, here are the ten things that 2006 will be most remembered for ...
1. The Decline of the Big Brother....
It is the year that world over people lost their fear of the Western powers, represented mostly by the US and it's immediate Western allies. Financially, politically or economically. The loosing of the War in Iraq, the inability to contain Hamas in Lebanon, the inability to contain the nuclear ambitions of Iran or North Korea, the continued spiralling dollar, the inability to get China to bow down in the revaluation of the Yuan. The sheer audacity of the President of Venezuela publicly denouncing the President of the United states a Devil on US soil in the UN. All were signs of a world now realizing that power balances were shifting elsewhere.
2. Green Power
As scientists released alarming data on the melting of the Glaciers and Artic ice at alarming rates, the consumer increasingly began looking to buy products from 'Greener' corporations. Global warming finally came to be accepted as a major issue and threat to Gobal environment . And so in 2006 began the race to save the Planet.
3. The power of the Individual
This year the individual finally found a way to fight back. Against the power of the State, the Corporate behemoth and any other Power Structure. . 2006 will be known as the year that Blogging came into it's own. Expect now for Tv and News Channels to be challenged by blogTv. Radio by blogRadio. Expect now to see Global alliances to be made by millions of individuals through their Blogs that will threaten the concept of the Nation State.
4. When 15 minutes of fame became 15 seconds of fame.
2006 will be know as the year that long term Iconism in Media was finally challenged. Internet sites like Youtube, Myspace coupled with mobile entertainment gave the consumer such a huge choice as anyone had the ability to put themselves out on the net. New pop idols and stars will rise and fall in a space of weeks as the consumer is hammered with new images and sounds every minute.
5. The coming back of Tuberculosis.
In 2006 the WHO started to ring the alarm bells on new mutated strains of TB. TB threatens to become as ravaging an epidemic as Aids is now. Mass transit and Globalization will make it difficult to contain. The airlines will suffer their greatest loss as air travel becomes the biggest source of spread of the infection.
6. Hritick Roshan
The rise of Hritik Roshan started in 2006, when after Dhoom 2 he made a statement of his readiness to challenge International Stardom. He will go on become India's first $ 20 million dollar actor.
7. The decline of the human actor.
It was the year that animation films began to far far out gross live action films internationally. With a little Penguin in 'Happy Feet' becoming much more popular than a new hyped James Bond. Gradually the big blockbuster films will increasingly be Animation films, and live action films taking a poor second place. Most 'live' actors will gravitate to TV sitcoms. Even New Media will generally be animated. The big stars will be lifelike animated characters.
8. The beginnings of the invasion of the Indian mythic characters.
In 2006 the success of Virgin Comics to brand Indianized mythical characters such as Devi into the international markets within one year of inception, will begin a rising tide that will swamp older and Western characters. Such as Batman, Superman, Spiderman etc and other 'Disney' characters with newer, more mythic Eastern characters.
9. Low intensity Radioactivity started as the new weapon of Terrorism.
In 2006 an ex KGB operative Alexandra Litivenko was assassinated using Polonium 210. It will give rise to a a new weapon of fear and mass killing to be used by Terrorists.
10. Civil strife in the UK
The seeds were sown in 2006, with the Goverment coming out heavily in favour of banning the Hijab. Along the fear phobia of home grown Islamic terrorists, the Government began to sow the society with fears of mass migration from Eastern Europe. The Prime Minister came out publicly and said that the ' British Way of Life' was under threat. The fear phsycosis that will set in will turn immigrant areas into battle fields. As the trouble spreads to London, Capital and financial management will fly out of the City, depriving the UK of one of it's largest sources of GDP.