Calm Before the Storm 

2002 in review

With the infotech class cooling its jets and waiting for the next boom, home base replaced the workplace as the center of the universe in 2002. Home improvement reached a new level of frenzy, while the less fortunate swapped services or fluids to get by. And with "homeland security" the new watchword, there were new opportunities to narc on your neighbor and a boom in all things defense-related. In entertainment, dating became the Web's new "killer app," and reality TV was more ubiquitous but less real.

It's the End of the World ...
The bourgeoisie cried in its beer, while the underclass prepared to drown.

What's He Building in There?
2002 was the year in which Americans were asked to spy on their neighbors.

Plug In, Turn On, Go Out
'Twas the year you could finally seek love online and not get laughed at.

Song of the Real Estate Siren
Is home equity appreciation the new dot-com bubble?

I've Been Eating a Lot of Leftovers
Local residents share their strategies for weathering the recession.

American Idle
Why American Idol worked on TV, but not in person.

The Military-Industrial Complex Is Alive and Well and Living in Fremont
Think the East Bay is the center of dissent? There's more to it than that.

What Ever Happened To ...
Another look at stories that appeared in the Express in 2002.

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