Dispatch December 2009

The Top Pop Culture Moments of the Decade

From Radiohead and James Frey to Jackass and Jersey Shore, 10 daring and sometimes inane creative acts that defined the ’00s

2000: Kid A. Still fresh after nine years, despite its ubiquity at the time, Radiohead’s drifting alienation-operetta represented the pop-cultural mainstreaming of the panic attack. “I’m not here / This isn’t happening,” crooned Thom Yorke, as wafts of anomie were dispersed through the shoe-stores and boutiques.

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