Top Cultural Game-Changers

What will we still be talking about next decade? Britney, for one
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2009 2:11 PM CST
In this April 6, 2009 file photo, Oprah Winfrey arrives at the Chicago 2016 gala dinner at the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, file)
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(Newser) – The ‘00s were full of important contributions to culture, but which ones will we still be talking about in another decade? Here are some of New York’s picks:

  • TV: The Sopranos for inventing quality cable, American Idol for changing the music industry, and of course all things Oprah Winfrey.
  • Books: The Da Vinci Code for singlehandedly sustaining the book industry, and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay for blazing the trail of combining geek lit with high lit.

  • Movies: The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Identity—“Not art, but everyone will imitate it”—and Best in Show, one of the greatest mockumentaries ever.
  • Art: David Hammons’ pitch-black gallery with tiny blue lights was “the best manifestation of life in the bad days after 9/11.”
  • Architecture: Hearst Tower for being the first tall building to emerge after 9/11, and IAC Headquarters for challenging long-held ideas about office buildings.
  • Music: The Strokes’ Is This It, which everyone is still trying to imitate; Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak for defining the Auto-Tune era; and, sadly, Britney Spears’ Oops I Did It Again.
  • Theater: Mamma Mia!—the only Broadway show that will probably still be running in 2020—and The Producers: “Man, remember when that silly musical with the dancing Nazis was the hottest ticket in town? How the hell did that happen?"
  • Comics: Infinite Crisis and Civil War, DC and Marvel's enormous crossover events, and Japan’s mega-selling Naruto.
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