Luke Osborn works as an eye doctor specializing in retinal surgery for the new Eye Institute. For a new doctor it is a privilege to be apart of mingling with the ultra-rich whose generous donations created this new facility, but Luke feels that he does not belong.
I'm sick of hearing about ! If it's supposed to behow come I'm stuck driving this old beater instead of a flying car, eh? And why am I still wearing this threadbare old suit?
Couldn't you give me something more dashing? The word "New" is used to distinguish the s from the s — arguably unnecessary since there are few people alive who remember The Edwardian Era the current oldest living person as of was 7 when King Edward died,and just 11 when WWI began, and the oldest-known living Brit was 6.
The decade began in the West with young, cosmopolitan and progressive leaders being voted to replace the folksy, "gut feeling"-centered and conventional politicians that marked the s.
Their modernizing ambitions however ended up colliding with the realities brought upon by the economic downturn of and the Pyrrhic outcome of The War on Terrorwhich led to a widespread climate of distrust towards the establishment, embodied by the surge of populist movements both on the left and the right, gradually leading to a level of political confrontation not seen in decades.
Social reforms primarily regarding same-sex marriage met with fierce criticism from people who did not ask for them as well from those who felt short-changed.
The loss of economic certainty following the financial crisis led to calls for wider welfare provisions as well as the return of high-paying manufacturing jobs.
A number of controversies regarding digital piracy and net neutrality generated more suspicion over the relationship between political and corporate interests, and the uncovering of the National Security Agency led to concerns about surveillance.
Cases of police brutality against blacks, anti-immigration policies, and "hate crimes" against minorities reduced faith on law and order among these groups. Feminism returned to prominence as the "gender gap" became a major source of concern, and later in the decade a series of sex scandals shone light over the position of women in society.
The Arab Spring, which began as a pro-democracy protest movement, soon gave way to chaos and civil war. Many rebel groups sprang up with those fighting the Syrian government being supported by the West and began occupying territories that fell into anarchy after the U.
Before long, the militant Islamic State had not only spread over numerous Arab countries, but also became infamous for taking hostages and beheading them.
Their deeds also led to a massive exodus from those countries towards Europe and North America, the migrant crisis generated even more tensions, with anti-Muslim sentiments gaining traction over fears that terrorists were trying to break through.
The East saw an increased influence over global affairs: China and to a lesser extent, India largely avoided the Great Recession, becoming economic powerhouses. Russia recovered some of its Cold War-era power becoming decisive over the Syrian conflict, among other thingsand North Korea had the world worrying about a nuclear conflict with the West.
In cultural terms, Japan's place as the continent's cultural and economic powerhouse became disputed by South Korea.
While the early years of the decade were marked by such escapist fare such as Gleethe Marvel Cinematic Universe films, young adult-geared romantic dramas and " shiny reboots ", sordid settings and cynical attitudes that thrived in media, reflecting the turbulent sign of the times.
Dystopian societies The Hunger GamesThe Last of UsDivergent dominated fiction set in the future, dark cable dramas Game of ThronesThe Walking DeadBreaking Bad took away the spotlight from broadcast network shows, a number of franchises got acclaimed grim-and-gritty interpretations in the vein of The Dark Knight trilogy, and horror films served as allegories The Purge.
Even nostalgia got an ironic twist thanks to the Hipster subculture, ironically popularizing the past like never before. As the social climate became even more tense by the second half of the decade, escapism not only became totally unfashionable outside of kid-geared works, but also triggered a raging debate about works becoming either too politicized or not political enough.
As traditional gender conventions became questioned, male roles began emphasizing "softer" personalities while female characters became more feminine and empowered. Similarly, LGBT characters began popping up in fiction and a number of celebrities came out to little controversy, whereas all this had been an extremely touchy subject just one decade earlier.
After almost a half-century defining popular music, rock vanished from the mainstream, being replaced by Electronic Dance Music and hip-hop as pop radio became increasingly centered on affluent urban, non-white and female audiences.
The beginning of the decade also marked the revival of the "musical heartthrob" phenomenon — but, this time, American acts took a backseat to those coming from Great Britain, whose culture became popular again as it gained a reputation as being highly sophisticated relative to more lowbrow North American counterparts.
During the second half of the decade, Hispanic "Reggaeton" and Korean " K Pop " acts became popular around the world after years of unabated dominance of their home bases. While globalization became more and more politically unpopular, entertainment in general became more internationalized a notorious example being the influence of the Chinese market in filmsomething attributable to the rise of mobile technology, which allowed anyone to keep "in touch" anywhere, absorbing social lives to a degree unimaginable ten years earlier.
This has allowed "selfies" and "memes" to spread worldwide instantly. From a commercial point of view, online advertising has encouraged some authors to prioritize the work over the earningsand developing closer relationships with their fanbases.
Content-wise, this has also led to a substantial increase in creative freedom compared to the increased scrutiny in the mainstream, a development made visible by the explosion of streaming services with series such as House of CardsOrange Is the New BlackStranger Things and The Handmaid's Tale becoming huge hits.
The success of apps like Uber and Airbnb led to hopes about the rise of the "collaborative economy" while Amazon was thought to become an eventual "panacea" for the cares of the consumer. By the second half of the decade however, technological optimism gave way to skepticism in the best of cases as tech giants were blamed for the tribulations of numerous trades and social media was now seen as a soapbox of sorts for scurrilous information and social engineering.
In popular culture terms, the decade began in with the rise of Hipster culture, which coincided with rock being replaced by electronic and urban music as the driving force of pop music, as well as the time smartphones and tablets became commonplace and Netflix surged as a major player, kickstarting the streaming business.
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