The Year Everything Changed: 2001

Author(s): Phillipa McGuinness

Date: Format: EPUB Language: English ISBN/ASIN: 014378241X
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On New Year’s Eve 2001, along with her husband via her aspect, Phillipa McGuinness buried her son. They stood with a tender priest in Chua Chu Kang Cemetery and watched a small coffin cross into the bottom. Later that evening, shattered, they sat taking a look out on the masses of ships ready to return into port in Singapore’s harbor. Or looking to depart, who may inform? Each of them fascinated with the following yr, beginning inside of hours. Phillipa sought after time to push on, for 2001 to be over, however she used to be additionally scared. What may well be subsequent?

2001 used to be an terrible yr. It’s the one yr the place you’ll point out an afternoon and a month the use of best numbers and we all know what you imply. But 9/11 wasn’t the one momentous tournament that yr. In Australia a gaggle of orange-jacketed asylum seekers on deck the Norwegian vessel Tampa gave the impression liable for Prime Minister John Howard’s remark now not lengthy after: ‘We will make a decision who involves this nation and the cases wherein they arrive.’ These phrases changed into his mantra all over the bruising election that adopted in November, each side of politics suffering from their venom and insularity, or their energy and get to the bottom of, relying on which means you checked out it.

The yr had began with what used to be intended to be a celebratory tournament of class and nuance, reflecting the type of nation we was hoping we had transform. Yet the Centenary of Federation on 1 January grew to become out to be a class-A fizzer. The country perceived to make a decision that what used to be in point of fact price commemorating wasn’t the non violent bringing in combination of colonial states right into a Commonwealth however the doomed attack on a Turkish seaside that came about fourteen years later in 1915. It is more straightforward to animate younger males loss of life than outdated males signing a charter.

2001 marked the midway level of two decades of continuing financial enlargement in Australia. But the yr began with glossy tech startups proceeding their implosion following the dotcom bubble burst. The deal of the (nascent) century, the merger between Netscape and AOL, reputedly an omnipotent mega company, started to slip. Yet in all probability the virtual international as we now realize it did get started in 2001, a minimum of for what’s now probably the most {powerful} corporate on the earth. For this used to be the yr that Google, in no hurry to release an IPO, gained its PageRank patent, assigned to Larry Page and Stanford University. The leisure, as they are saying, is historical past. Apple introduced the iPod in 2001, now not best remodeling the soundtrack to our lives however moving cultural alignments in order that vendors changed into the richest guys within the room, moderately than the artists writing, making a song and enjoying the songs.

If 2001 had been a film – oh wait, after all it used to be – its tagline may well be ‘The yr that modified the entirety’. And that vary isn’t over.

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