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Pop Culture in 2000 vs 2020

By Ashleigh Leck and Kate Forman

Australia’s most iconic school snacks are coming back to you. Back in primary school, you will remember the envy when one of your friends popped open their lunchboxes and whipped out a milo bar. Going home every afternoon and begging your parents to buy some Uncle Tobys roll ups next time they go to the shops to have them say “they have too much sugar”. The good old days of slurping a Sunnyboy hastily before it melted onto your fingers and causing you to have sticky fingers for the rest of the day.

Nowadays, if you open a kid’s lunch box you may notice some differences. No bisc and bars or limited tiny teddies – now we have moved onto healthier options. Fruit, Ovaltine and the continuation of the famous zooper doopers are prominent in kids’ lunchboxes.

We all know the iconic outfits of the 2000s as low-rise jeans, yoga pants, crop tops, cargo pants and bell-sleeve shirts. Nowadays, its bike shorts with oversized tee-shirts, bucket hats, scrunchies and Nike air-force 1s. Who better to show off these trends as Kim Kardashian herself …?

The 2000s was an iconic decade for music, with the rising popularity of teen pop with artists such as the Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Later in the 2010s artists such as One Direction, Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes and Taylor Swift topped charts and changed the music industry. Country music made a comeback along with rock music and indie pop. Today, artists such as Kanye, XXXtentacion, Ruel and Billie Eilish dominate our Spotify playlists. Speaking of, if you are in the mood to listen to some throwback hits, click on the link below to be taken back to the most popular hits of the 2000s:

The progression of movies is evident from 2000 to 2020. Comparing IMdb’s lists, the number 1 movies of ‘Gladiator’ (2000) and the 2020s most anticipated movie ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’, show a clear shift in genre with a greater regard for sci-fi and fantasy movies moving into the 2020’s. The box office reveals that ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ had a total gross income of $260,044,825, marking the highest income of the year 2000. In 2019, Avengers Endgame totaled $858.3 Million in the box office, tripling the total of the 2000 most successful movies.

In Australia, the total number of screens was 1817 in 2000 compared to 3541 in 2019 showing a MASSIVE increase in cinema population.


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