America’s Life from 1998 to Now


Madison Michaud, Journalism 1 Staff Reporter

“Throughout 1998 we saw everything from the final episode of Seinfeld to the second impeachment in U.S. history to Ginger leaving the Spice Girls with her hope of becoming Princess Diana. Now how are we going to top that in ‘99?”

Sixteen years ago. Sixteen years is when the headline above was written for the feature story in Woodcreek’s weekly newspaper. It is hard to believe that so much time has gone by. Backstreet Boys have disappeared, leggings have replaced cargo pants, and even movies like Titanic have been categorized as “classics”.

So much has changed, styles, sports, the entertainment industry, and especially the news, being reported every day. Now instead of Titanic, the top grossing movies are American Sniper and Furious 7. The best song went from “My Heart Will go On,” By Celine Dion to “Bloodstream,” by Ed Sheeran.

As far as style goes we still shop at Abercrombie and Fitch, but the similarities stop there. The late 90’s consisted of argyle socks, overalls, cardigan sets, and fatsole shoes. Woodcreek student Alexa Fernandez, and journalist who enjoys writing about fashion, says,
“It was funky and I wouldn’t necessarily go back to the original thing, though many styles we have today are derived from the 90’s”. Now we have moved to crop tops, elite socks, high waisted bottoms, and hollister jeans.

We have also had major changes in the political world. The president is now Barack Obama, whereas in the 90’s, it was Bill Clinton and now his wife Hillary Clinton will be running in the upcoming presidential election. Threats like Isis and Hillary Clinton’s alleged scandal have been the front page of the news this year.

So many things have changed from then and now. From new presidents to style changes the new possibilities are endless. So let 2015 be the year that sixteen years from now people look at as the most exciting. In sixteen years lets aim to make people wish they could be where we are now. Lets make the rest of our year, one to remember.