The 2000s: Most Disruptive Decade Since World War II

Google hit its stride, the iPhone debuted and the internet and social media gave the masses a voice

The Aughts were defined by war and bookended by fear and hope. Sources: Library of Congress, Getty Images, Courtesy of Tom Anderson

This article is part of a series celebrating our being 40 Years Bold, highlighting four decades—and counting—of Adweek, whose editors look back at notable news, trends and people, and at what could be in store for the next 40 years.

This story first appeared in the Dec. 9, 2019, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.
@joshsternberg Josh Sternberg is the former media and tech editor at Adweek.