We are already in the second decade of the 21st century, the first decade (year 2000 to year 2009) being already behind us. Given the passage of more than 14 years from the beginning of the 21st century, we can clearly start to see how the century is shaping up.
Firstly, the 21st century is shaping up to be a century of great technological advancement. It is really only in the 21st century that the Internet has grown to be something that is used by the masses. It may be hard to remember, but before the 21st century, things like Facebook and Twitter were unheard of and unimaginable. It is also in the 21st century that computer technology has had a major impact, worldwide, in terms of how people actually live and how people do business.
Secondly, the 21st century is shaping up to be a century of economic turmoil. The century started with the dot com bust. That was followed by a small economic boom, which then gave way to a global recession the world is still reeling from. Perhaps we may see better economic times in the decades to come, but what we have so far is, frankly, a struggle.
Thirdly, the 21st century is shaping up to be a century of new politics. These are politics in which the power seems to be more with the corporations, rather than with the people.
Fourthly, the 21st century is shaping up to be a century when social dynamics are changing at an amazing rate. This is the century in which all things that were frowned upon in the previous centuries seem to have finally achieved acceptance.