As we move into a new decade (don't bother emailing me to say that 'technically it isn't until 2021) there's a lot of looking back at 2010 to now and reflecting on how our world and our communities have changed. Perhaps there's even some lessons in there that we could learn from?
It's almost impossible to sum up some of the biggest moments in a single editorial but rather it might be useful to try and look at things more broadly and how our behaviours and culture have changed in the last decade.
The world is more connected than ever but it often feels like the world is less informed than it's ever been. Conspiracies, fake news and agenda pushing in favour of facts and discussion have largely dominated social media as that too has grown in size and become the platform of choice for many instead of traditional media outlets.
If you want an idea of how truly digital even just the Mudgee region has become, I'll let you in on a bit of background data.
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Since there is incomplete data from 2010, I had to go from 2011. But, if I compare the amount of people that visited the Mudgee Guardian website in all of 2011 with all of 2019 - that number has grown by more than 510%. That's not a typo and it continues to grow rapidly.
The sheer volume of people coming to us for news has grown significantly in the last decade and I would confidently say this applies to just about every media outlet in the country.
Millennials and Baby Boomers are at war with each other while every other generation sits by and watches on with furrowed brows.
Blockbuster movies continue to get bigger with Avengers: Endgame becoming the biggest movie of all-time while video games continue to gross many more times than the entire movie industry - and the explosion in popularity of Fortnite leaving a lot of parents scrambling to play catch up. Minecraft went on to become the highest-selling video game of all-time too.
The Mudgee region has continued to grow too, kicking trends across Australia which show rapid or consistent decline in regional towns. This is thanks to things like mine expansions, infrastructure - like Glen Willow - and the growth and success of agricultural produce grown here in the region.
What has changed for you in the last decade? I'd like to know, drop me a line at my email address