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Old 03-06-2015, 10:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Shizzles View Post
No way. The 80s were very much a Golden Age of Americana/Machismo/Conservatism with Regan and all (not saying it's good or bad, just so) and the 2000s was also a brief resurgence of the same after 9/11.

The 90s in many ways were something of a backlash to that. Alternative Rock was big, disrespect for authority, Rap was king, baggy clothes, slacker ethos.
Alternative rock is an 80s thing too. U2, The Smiths, The Cure, new wave in general? Rap was big in the 90s but rock was still king. I do notice that the 90s had far more black artists than the 80s though.
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Old 03-06-2015, 10:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Jello071 View Post
Because pop culture no longer evolves as quickly. In the last hundred years pop culture seemed to evolve its quickest in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Once the 90s came things from the 80s simply just carried over and small tweaks were made over the years since then.
You're sort of right actually. The 90s were a lot more like the 80s than people realize. I was born in 1990 but I've always been nostalgic for the 80s for some odd reason, I think it's because 80s culture didn't really die until 1998. Prior to then the Internet was still very small and the major TV networks and FOX dominated; after South Park came out I feel like the culture changed. It became more crass and everything was about irony. It makes Beavis and Butt-head feel pretty antiquated in comparison.

Things like Grunge music, Seinfeld and Pulp Fiction are still pretty modern but people forget that the vast majority of 90s pop culture was extremely campy. Honestly Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Michael Bolton, Kriss Kross and Braveheart were far more typical of 90s culture than the stuff we remember fondly.

Very little changed between the end of the 90s and 2008, then it changed again. I still feel like we're living in 2008 now, but any difference of 5 years between 1960 and 1985 is pretty obvious.
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Old 03-06-2015, 10:42 AM
Location: USA
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I still have my bell bottoms that I wear out in public
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Old 03-06-2015, 11:24 AM
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Because it was the last decent decade and I DON'T WANNA LET GO!
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Old 03-06-2015, 11:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Kazz View Post
Dude, we were in a recession in the early to mid 90's. People were losing their jobs left and right. The homeless population exploded during that time. I don't remember it being prosperous or secure.
The recession was over by 1993, but people didn't really believe it until probably 1996.
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Old 03-11-2018, 08:16 PM
Location: Saint Paul, MN
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I'm slightly younger than you (1994) and I kinda disagree. To me the 90s only seem moderately different than now. I feel the biggest change has been technology.

My earliest memories which are foggyish go back to 1996-1997 when I used to live with my uncle. My clearest early memories are 1998-1999 which is the period of time that I would no longer be an only child ('98) and started school ('99) and although I can only remember the last couple years of the '90s, the style and technology was very evident even to a small child. I remember the day my mom got her first car in 1998, a '92 Corrolla which was still modern at the time. I remember my parents having beepers back then, the few relatives with internet had dial up. Sure these things are dated but it doesnt compare to like '50s and '60s technology which to me is very old.

Technology was very different from now but even today it wasnt "primitive." We still had colour TV even though it wasnt as clear and sharp as today. VCRs are dated but they're still relatively modern to me. The early 2000s and '90s really blended in, besides 9/11 and the aftermath. I definitely see a change but to me its not that drastic. The 2000s are fresher in my mind and they dont seem that long ago so I can understand how older people can feel that the '90s were "so recent". Hey, its gonna be 2020 before ya know it!
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Old Today, 05:01 AM
Location: Bay Area, CA
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Originally Posted by boxus View Post
This happens with every generation, people before were shocked when someone was born in 1980, 1970, etc.

It just puts a perspective on time in which people do not think about a lot. The military this often happens, some 17 or 18 year old comes in, and everyone is just like "damn, time goes by fast!"

Plus, the mentality between many people in their late 30's or so and someone in their early 20's is not that much different, but it even gives me a brief pause to think I am talking about going to Nirvana concerts and such, and this person was still sucking his thumb or something; the realization just is not there until you really think about it, and when you do, it is sort of surprising though it should not be.
This is all SO true! I’m 41, and last year I befriended a nice couple through a Facebook page (for local reptile keepers). The first time they came to my house, the guy noticed my Super Nintendo and was all “Niiice; you into retro gaming?” I responded that I’d bought it new 20ish years ago, and he goes “it’s as old as me!” Wait, what?? But I got that in college! Then it dawned on me that I am TWICE their age, and easily old enough to be their mother/s. Yikes.

Speaking of Nirvana, I run an ESL conversation club at the library (where I work), and in the last meeting we discussed our favorite music. I mentioned Nirvana, and a 28 year-old girl from Taiwan asked me who they were - so I pulled up a video on YouTube, and she watched it like I was showing her some unearthed ancient relic. Between her age and being non-American, she just did NOT get it! You should have seen the look on her face, lol. Finally I just said “I guess you had to be there.”

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