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If we look back at history, we have:

The Stone Age,
The Copper Age
The Bronze Age
The Iron Age.

Then the Greek Empire.
The Roman Empire
Very warring, imperialistic, perhaps some decadence.  Growth of Art, and early science.

Skipping ahead, we hit the "Dark Ages", with little progress...  anywhere?  What did they consider themselves?

Then we get the renaissance, and the rebirth of science, exploration, art, and discovery.

Of course, we often romanticize the medieval period with knights and armor...  What about all the bloodshed?  Rape?  Pillaging?  And, of course extreme poverty among the majority of individuals.

Then we hit the industrial revolution.  Coal Smoke....
"Cowboys & Indians"?

Now we get into the 21st century.  Perhaps the average person is richer than ever before.  But, we have our problems too.

What will the future generations say about us?  What will our generation be called?


 

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Re: How will future generations view the early 2000's?
« Reply #1 on: 13/09/2012 02:07:15 »
According to Matt Groening, in 1000 years we will be called "The stupid age".

http://futurama.wikia.com/wiki/Stupid_Ages

But seriously, maybe the Silicon age?

I had heard that the nuclear bombs dropped in WWII marks a new epoch in how future generations will be able to date artifacts, as the carbon-14 levels have been thrown out of whack, so maybe "The Nuclear Age" would be appropriate?
 

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Re: How will future generations view the early 2000's?
« Reply #2 on: 13/09/2012 11:08:46 »
But seriously, maybe the Silicon age?

I had heard that the nuclear bombs dropped in WWII marks a new epoch in how future generations will be able to date artifacts, as the carbon-14 levels have been thrown out of whack, so maybe "The Nuclear Age" would be appropriate?

You may add to that the Age of Hubris???

Silicon for computers, and Nuclear (civilian and military) would be good descriptions of the modern era.
One might also consider the Petroleum Age. 
One of the greatest accomplishments of the early 20th century is the age of flight, and the mid 20th century would be chemical powered space flight.
Telephone and radio communication from the late 19th century shouldn't be forgotten.

Of course, some of this may not be the early 2000's, but it may still define the age that we are in.

Moving forward, I would hope that we have a transition to renewable energy, yet I foresee it as a difficult struggle, combined with a pending population crisis.  And, while automation and improved work efficiency has greatly increased the personal wealth, perhaps it will lead to economic and social unrest in the future.

The 21st century may also bring the age of the red planet, representing the first time that humans have left Earth and Earth's orbit.
 

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Re: How will future generations view the early 2000's?
« Reply #3 on: 13/09/2012 20:35:09 »
Renaissance means rebirth.

What about calling the current generation the "Great Awakening". 
 

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Re: How will future generations view the early 2000's?
« Reply #4 on: 13/09/2012 21:18:01 »
Well, since we're quickly burying ourselves under the detritus of our own production, this is obviously the garb-age.
 

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