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Old 09-05-2016, 09:26 AM
 
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Does anyone else feel the 2010s (2010 to 2016 so far) are in a cultural depression? Everything these days is so ugly, sad, dark, and dreary? All the popular television shows and movies are based on dark themes or just a violent mess? And what's up with this decade's sick obsession with horror films? Music is no better. Pop music is sad and depressing these days. Rock music is dead unless you're into hipster rock or techno dance which are now labelled as alternative (yes I miss the post-grunge days!). And don't get me started on all the ugly fashion trends: skinny high-waisted jeans, psuedo-boho-hippie-woodstock wannabes, fat lips and thick eyebrows, peplum dresses and skirts, messy lob cuts, and other ugly looks popularized by Instagram and YouTube "stars".

Maybe I'm just showing my age? Or maybe Gen Y/Gen Z like to project their sad feelings in today's art and culture mediums.
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Old 09-05-2016, 10:44 AM
 
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Does anyone else feel the 2010s (2010 to 2016 so far) are in a cultural depression? Everything these days is so ugly, sad, dark, and dreary? All the popular television shows and movies are based on dark themes or just a violent mess? And what's up with this decade's sick obsession with horror films? Music is no better. Pop music is sad and depressing these days. Rock music is dead unless you're into hipster rock or techno dance which are now labelled as alternative (yes I miss the post-grunge days!). And don't get me started on all the ugly fashion trends: skinny high-waisted jeans, psuedo-boho-hippie-woodstock wannabes, fat lips and thick eyebrows, peplum dresses and skirts, messy lob cuts, and other ugly looks popularized by Instagram and YouTube "stars".

Maybe I'm just showing my age? Or maybe Gen Y/Gen Z like to project their sad feelings in today's art and culture mediums.
Probably.

Cultural trends change, and many people who came of age when things were different are fond of those days gone by, and they interpret change as some sort of degradation. Don't worry, you're not the first - the generation that proceeded yours thought everything was going to hell in a handbasket as it got older, too.

It helps to understand that you subjective preferences are exactly that and nothing more.
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Old 09-05-2016, 01:26 PM
 
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Probably.

Cultural trends change, and many people who came of age when things were different are fond of those days gone by, and they interpret change as some sort of degradation. Don't worry, you're not the first - the generation that proceeded yours thought everything was going to hell in a handbasket as it got older, too.

It helps to understand that you subjective preferences are exactly that and nothing more.

I have been wondering about this lately. In my city, there is a new state of the art venue that is attracting a ton of 80s-90s bands with people in their 40-50s going in droves going to their concerts! You can't even buy a ticket to these events because they sell out so quickly!! My younger sister (just turned 50) seems like she is ADDICTED to attending these. Other Fakebook friends also seem to trying to hit every one of them too, despite highly inflated ticket prices. I think that part of it is nostalgia and part of it is the Quality of the music that you cannot find in the concerts of today's no-talent artists. Years ago, I thought that I'd be seeing artists like Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Duran Duran at Indian casinos out in the desert. It hasn't really turned out like that.
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Old 09-05-2016, 04:47 PM
 
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Rock music is dead? Where have you been living if you feel rock music is dead? Not even close. There are some amazing rock bands releasing some awesome music now. Horror movies aren't a recent obsession. The horror genre has some great stuff (If you are into that, which many people are). I don't pay much attention to fashion, so I can't speak on that.


Every generation hates the music, movies and fashion that come after theirs. It's just how it seems to go. Just try to have an open mind and give some of the music, movies and fashion a try. It's not all bad.
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Old 09-16-2016, 07:37 PM
 
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I'd say yes. We have some good technology but culture has indeed gone downhill. As bad as the 90s and 2000s seemed to be, they did at least have some redeeming qualities. I know one thing for thing, the economy really really sucks ass.
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Old 09-17-2016, 10:23 AM
 
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All the popular television shows and movies are based on dark themes or just a violent mess? And what's up with this decade's sick obsession with horror films? Music is no better. Pop music is sad and depressing these days.

Maybe I'm just showing my age? Or maybe Gen Y/Gen Z like to project their sad feelings in today's art and culture mediums.
Horror movies have always been popular but it does seem to be more prevalent these days to have dark themes. I think it is because the industry is just projecting on how the world is today. In some ways it is better but there has been a lot more tragedies now than in say in the 90s.
There is still some TV shows and movies that aren't so dark. You just have to be on the lookout for them.
Also not all dark themes are 100 percent depressing content. The dark movies/TV shows I watch always have comedy in them.

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Music is no better. Pop music is sad and depressing these days
Even though it is all subjective I could see it if you said that pop music is meaningless these days but depressing? Huh?
"My name is no my number is no you need to let it go "Just like fire burnin up the way" "Kill em with kindness" "if I was you I'd want to be me too". "you're too sexy beautiful and everyone wants a taste that's why" ..these are sad? But maybe I kinda agree with you in the fact it seems more male artists have sad content these days or maybe it just seems that way because male pop singers are less prevalent.
At the same time in the 90s there were artists like Nirvana and Green Day. Even Backstreet Boys had some sad songs in their catalogue. Plus I don't think you could get any more depressing than Harvey Danger's Flagpole Sitta so when you consider that it's probably close to equal if not equal.

However while I do like some positive songs I tend to love depressing or sad music (I even like Nirvana's one hit wonder) because my life has been very weathered so it doesn't bother me personally. Your life has probably not been as bad so you don't find entertainment with sad content appealing. While there might be more sad content these days you say that they like to project their sad feelings in today's art like it's a bad thing. Music is a person's way of connecting and letting out their feelings. It would be boring if all we had was positive music.
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Old 09-20-2016, 05:51 PM
 
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OP, I don't understand your perspective. Bad haircuts, grungy clothes, horror movies, and awful, noisy music have cycled in and out of popularity since the 60's,, if not earlier. We've seen it all before. What about the 90's? What about any era, almost? Do you really feel that the 2010's are significantly different? Learn to tune it all out, and create your own world of things that make you happy, your own fashions that make you loo great, good friends, and you'll be fine.
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Old 09-23-2016, 11:52 PM
 
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Does anyone else feel the 2010s (2010 to 2016 so far) are in a cultural depression? Everything these days is so ugly, sad, dark, and dreary?
Yes indeed..... I agree!!

Things are horrible now........ ITS NOT EASY TO BE HAPPY TODAY!!
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Old 09-24-2016, 04:56 AM
 
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No.
Culture is so much more than tv, movies and pop music.
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Old 09-24-2016, 07:00 PM
 
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Look here is the deal. With the current laws and marketing of these unlawful laws including anti-privacy and the war ( since 2001 ) along with current events and trending as well. Way I see things is that people do not care and will do whatever they feel is best. It is like this there will always be ( insert media ) but somebody have to make and sell it.

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