Have we been quoting him too much? Anyway, whatever, a video of a sand painting prompts McCloud to ponder the decade about to pass:

We’re getting close to the end of a decade and a lot of people have been trying to sum up the experience. Short of putting “B.O.B.” on endless repeat, I think a big part of what’s made this decade interesting can be summed up pretty nicely in the phrase “Ukraine’s Got Talent.”


  1. We started the “decade” with a budget surplus, respect from our allies, a thriving economy, and the fear of a worldwide computer systems failure.

    While some would say the Cold War ended in the early 1990s, the epoch which started on April 6, 1945 did not end until September 11, 2001.

    Since then… the world has continued to get smaller, demographic groups are more insular while becoming more numerous, while access to information and culture continues to expand at an increasing rate.

    I guess the secret word is “complacency”. We thought our intelligence agencies were sufficient. We thought that cheap gasoline would always be plentiful. We thought our McMansions would always continue to rise in value.

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