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

2009: The City/Jersey Shore. Two MTV reality shows, and I can’t choose between them. The erotic rampages and end-of-the-world hot tubs of Jersey Shore are something to behold, but then again—one glimpse of the faces on The City, their affectless sheen and expression of bozo entitlement, tells you so clearly that you’re in 2009. I dunno—you decide.

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James Parker is an Atlantic contributing editor.

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