Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker
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Poll: What's the best decade?

Approaching the end of the first decade of the third millennium*, let's have a quick recap** of the changing face of media since its inception***.

the best decade for modern music started in

Mean: 1970.25 Median: 1970 Std. Dev 16.81
1900
0(0.0%)
1910
0(0.0%)
1920
0(0.0%)
1930
3(7.5%)
1940
1(2.5%)
1950
0(0.0%)
1960
10(25.0%)
1970
9(22.5%)
1980
9(22.5%)
1990
7(17.5%)
2000
1(2.5%)

The best decade for movies started in

Mean: 1969.00 Median: 1970 Std. Dev 22.78
1900
0(0.0%)
1910
0(0.0%)
1920
1(2.5%)
1930
3(7.5%)
1940
4(10.0%)
1950
5(12.5%)
1960
0(0.0%)
1970
9(22.5%)
1980
6(15.0%)
1990
7(17.5%)
2000
5(12.5%)

The best decade for modern fiction started in

Mean: 1966.49 Median: 1970 Std. Dev 26.33
1900
0(0.0%)
1910
0(0.0%)
1920
6(16.2%)
1930
0(0.0%)
1940
1(2.7%)
1950
4(10.8%)
1960
7(18.9%)
1970
2(5.4%)
1980
3(8.1%)
1990
10(27.0%)
2000
4(10.8%)

The best decade for computer games started in

Mean: 1992.43 Median: 1990 Std. Dev 7.85
1950
0(0.0%)
1960
0(0.0%)
1970
0(0.0%)
1980
8(21.6%)
1990
12(32.4%)
2000
17(45.9%)

The best decade for TV started in

Mean: 1984.10 Median: 1990 Std. Dev 16.75
1930
0(0.0%)
1940
1(2.6%)
1950
1(2.6%)
1960
4(10.3%)
1970
7(17.9%)
1980
3(7.7%)
1990
8(20.5%)
2000
15(38.5%)


*Feel free to argue amongst yourselves in the comments as to when decades, centuries and millennia begin/end - for decades I'm going to go with "the second-least-significant digit changes".)

**I mean "Let's start an argument about how awesome/awful the 80s were."

***The novel, of course, goes back a lot further, but having havered**** over what point to pick for the start, I decided "fuck it" and went for 1900 to make it match movies and music. I could have started music in 1890 too, so feel free to complain about _that_ in the comments, along with complaining that it's not fair to not be able to vote for the decade including Mary Anne Evans*****.

****Dithered.

*****You can google****** her if you want to know.

******Assuming that I'm wilfully causing the loss of a trademark to Google Inc. by using the word "google" in a generic sense to mean "search", is it right to use it in lower case?
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