A few weeks ago, Newsweek produced a video, which condensed the major news events of the past decade into one seven-minute mashup video. At the time, I thought: "Oh, this will be fun." It was not fun. Not at all.
We can call the 2000s the "Worse Than Zero" decade or the "Big Zero," or anything we wish, but what characterized it most for me was the near total control of corporations, especially over our civic institutions.