I gotta say this was extremely well written, I don't have anything else to say you did great Count.Well, here is somethign new for a personal touch! Me writing a reflection as if I grew up here in this timeline.
Through the Decade 2000-2009
"I was in third grade when 9/11 happened. I did not think much of it. I was one of those kids that lived kinda in my head. Plus I was in third game. Not much I could remember. I could remember everyone celebrating when Osama Bin Laden was caught. I did watch a bit of the trial with my dad. My younger brother and I were grade schoolers so large improtant international affairs like this were above our head, but our dad thought it is important. One thing I did remember that my dad clarified was on how the people that did the thing had no plan for what they supposedly wanted to do. My dad taught me that if you were gonna complain about something, you need to at least try to have a working solution. The whole thing I think made me think of Gore as someone who knew what they were doing. Otherwise, I was more focused on my personal stuff like school, reading, drawing, toys and video games. I was just a kid after all. What else could I do? I just played my Gamecube and games like Super Smash Bros Melee with my brother. He usually beat me though I liked Krystal because she used magic. "
"Of course, as I grew older, I was able to better understand stuff. The Exxon-Mobil scandal was another. I was around 10-11 during 2004. I was a middle schooler and the whole thing was talked about by the teachers so naturally even some of the students talked about it. I mean, it's not everyday when a president forces a big company to tell America and the world that they were lying to them and hiding the truth. They obviously wouldn't say it was because of money, but even back then, it was kinda obvious. It blew my mind. I was a person of reason and purpose, even if I was emotional. The thought of that selfishness bothered the heck out of me and still does. Being green became more popular, but it was the how that was different. I grew up in a smallish town in the northenist part of Georgia so the guys preferred more outdoorsy ways for protecting the environment. Of course, some of the kids who had dads that hunted noted this. Looking back, I think the scandal did kinda serve as a massive thing even for teens and tweens. That big companies can and will lie to you for the sake of it. For alot of ys that were young, such a blatant example did not escape us and I think it changed how some of us grew back . I know it changed some of the grown-ups. When we went back to class, I entered middle school and some of us recalled how our parents voted for 2004. More people voted for Gore than they did for Bush, some saying that Gore changed some of their parents. I didn't understand the whole conservative or liberal thing back then. None of us around my age did, but we could see Gore becoming an important president. Another was on the talk of Medicare for Kids. I grew up with good insurance thanks to my dad's job. The idea that some kids had trouble going to the doctor because their parents couldn't pay blew my mind. It... it sounded so wrong. The fact some places in Europe covered kids and adults just made it big. I began talking a bit more on politics back then. My dad encouraged it. It made me sound more grown-up and I liked that. I also began learning about taxes and so on. I still didn't wholly get it, but I did know that if it's working for one group, it should work for us. I also heard about Facebook and Myspace for the first time. I did not really have full internet access yet on my computer, but I did think about it. Only news that hit me was on Marvel and Nestle. My dad's a Spider-Man fan so he was a bit surprised by what it mean and my uncle, a bigger fan, had to. I did not know what to think of it, but remembering how old Spider-Man was and how it ran and how things were the same. Maybe a redo was good, I thought. Nestle was also where I learned about environmental costs to stuff. I mean, I lvoed chocolate so hearing the news was worth my interest. Learning about the stuff regarding bottled water was seriously messed up. I think even at school it was noticed as I saw less water bottles and more people bringing their own or like those big water jugs."
"Change was more gradual, but more noticeable once I became a teenager and began experiencing all the ups and downs. Now having the internet, it meant I could do stuff like check out the social media stuff and so on. Myspace looked neat and hearing Gore talked about it, would make one around 2007. I was exploring more the Internet. I was going on to learn about Project MAY. Myspace's partnership with Artistshare and Youtube. The idea of people giving money to support artists seemed really cool and I couldn't help but show my dad. He found it fascinating. My folks always tried to maintain interest and so on with our stuff, but it was because it meant a lot to us. This was something that even grabbed his attention and I think some of his co-workers, he still worked for HP at the time. Entering high school had me websurfing as my main hobby and I delved deeper. I discovered a lot. I did not grow up watching Fred Rogers as a kid, so discovering his stuff on Youtube touched me like never before. I felt better about myself. I began taking a bit more seriously on maybe making money throug the internet. Of course, I was still insecure; I did not think i could match up to all the talented people online. Other things began changing me. I was surprised that Teen Titans could return if people sent money. My dad was skeptical on the thing, but he said it was my money. He helped me send it on Indiegogo. Surprise, surprise, the whole thing caught attention and it worked. I felt empowered and important. Sure there was some stuff on whether they could some names in as credits (I sent in 20 bucks because I was determined) and so on. But I got a commerative item and it felt... really nice. Caught my dad and brother by surprise. I think alot of people saw this as kinda a future thing. People pay and support what they like. It seemed obvious."
"The Simpsons ending was surprising. I did see the movie after all and hearing it ending reminded me of change. I remember being bummed out that Spider-Man 3 was cancelled as a film, but when I read up on the problems, I got a reminder the people making this stuff also have reasons. As time went by, I played new games. I remember getting a Nintendo Wii and have some fun there while my brother got an Xbox 360. I did not spend as much money there because of college coming up. I loved playing Brawl and found alot of the heroines introduced fascinating and pretty cool. My brother and I had different tastes in gaming and he played more mature games. However, there was one game that changed me forever. I first heard about it through roleplaying on the Serebii forums.... Persona. Persona 4 appeared on the Xbox 360 and I wanted to try it out. I asked and I would be recommended it, so I bought the game after my brother agreed I could use his Xbox 360 for it. Persona 4 I think was the game that helped me grow up. I was an insecure teenager wrestling with my problems, especially around the end of the decade. I had little friends. Playing this game... I related to everyone of the characters and the game consumed me. I laughed, I got mad, I even cried. No other game beforehand go to me in such a way. I devoured the game and everything on it, including what went behind it. I learned about Karl Jung there and I also discovered Jojo's Bizarre Adventure through there when i brought it up online. The game helped me through a rough time and helped accept the complicated parts of me. I thought the whole thing with Personas and later Stands would be cool and I thought I would wanna write something like that. Don't think I would've played it if the game was a Sony exclusive since neither my brother nor I had a Playstation 3. With 2010 coming, I guess there's more changes. The Recession sorta hit the family. My dad got a new job after taking an early retirement deal back in like 2008. If the Recession happened sooner, he probably wouldn't have been able to find the back-up job as quick and he was high enough and stayed there enough to not get let go, which was good. I was a bit more aware of stuff around me than I thought I would be. I guess I have to think more on my future and what I wanna do when I go to college. But looking at the past 10 years, was something special."