June 9, 2022•533 words
In this post, I am going to write some of my memories from my childhood decade, the 2000s. It's not a decade review instead, it's just my observation of this decade.
Get ready for nostalgia.
Growing up in the 2000s, television used to be the main source of entertainment, especially up to the mid-2000s. Pakistan television undoubtedly produced some of the best tv dramas in this decade. PTV was already on its downfall, nevertheless, it still maintained its superiority over private channels.
This decade also saw the rise of private news channels as the media was set free by then-President General Pervaiz Musharraf. Which in turn gave rise to the trend of 24/7 news.
While globally, the 2000s saw many great events like 9/11 to the American invasion of Afghanistan, Pakistan politics saw the transition from military rule to a democracy, when general elections were held in 2008.
Throughout this decade and until 2008, I saw the face of General Pervaiz Musharraf on the tv screen. As I was a child in those days. I used to think that 'President general' was some official position, like prime minister or chief minister. Well, in Pakistan it was in those days.
Never had any previous decade seen more advancement on the tech horizon than the first decade of the 21st century. In terms of mobile technology, although the tone was already set, it was in the 2000s when the mobile phone market took off. If the 90s were owned by Motorola, Nokia ruled much of the 2000s. We also saw the first iPhone in 2007 which really paved the way for modern software-based smartphones. While mobile internet was still a luxury even at the end of that decade, phone cameras remained a great sensation among the users as companies worked tirelessly to improve the former.
In terms of computers, to have a Pentium 4 in your house in Pakistan was considered an achievement, as most of the Pakistan population did not have access to computers let alone P4. Along with P4, P3 also remained in use throughout this decade.
In gaming, the world saw many new technologies but sadly, I didn't use to have most of them. However, I have had my dell computer and like many kids of that decade, GTA Vice City use to be the ultimate fun. It was a whole world in itself. A honourable mention will be Need for Speed II Special Edition (that I still play on my Windows 10).
Audio cassettes along with cassette players remained the major source of music in the 90s and until the mid-2000s. Mobile phones' music players ultimately ended their monopoly because now the phones had the facility of a memory card and now you could load songs into it.
CDs and DVDs eventually ended the reigns of iconic VHS Cassette. Video Cassettes were immensely popular in the 80s and 90s, and they would continue to be used till the early-2000s. I vaguely remember watching WWE and movies on VHS tapes. USB ultimately won over all of these.
That's it for this time. So much memories from just one decade.
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