The rapid expansion of internet technology allowed for greater communication around the world, ramping up the globalisation that had started in the previous century and drawing the world together. Economic instability, neoliberalism and consumerism expand, whilst the financial crises of the period cause a resurgence of Keynsian economics. The environment becomes increasingly affected by human over-consumption and the importation of hyper-consumerist society to other parts of the world. The US continue it's global economic hegemony, but now faces new rivals in the BRIC group, and continue it's hostile and interventionist foreign policy, creating war, strife and terrorism in the Middle East. In the west political apathy and illiteracy, polarisation, populism and xenophobia take root.