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View Poll Results: What were the two most similar decades?
1920s & 30s 3 7.69%
1930s & 40s 4 10.26%
1940s & 50s 7 17.95%
1950s & 60s 0 0%
1960s & 70s 3 7.69%
1970s & 80s 1 2.56%
1980s & 90s 12 30.77%
1990s & 2000s 7 17.95%
2000s & 2010s (based on 2002 vs. 2012) 2 5.13%
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Old 09-29-2012, 05:08 PM
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Personally I'd say the 1120's and 1130's were nearly indistinguishable from each other.
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Old 10-04-2012, 01:18 PM
Location: Beaverton, OR
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As someone born in 1985, I don't know first-hand, but can anyone tell me what the major differences between the '60s and the '70s were? To me both decades (at least after 1962) seem to have lots of counter-culture, protests, disillusionment with government, war, wacky fashions, etc. Other than music, what were the major differences, and what would be the year of transformation?
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:24 PM
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You know, someone mentioned putting decades into eras that might span several decades and I really have to agree, especially with the 1980s and 1990s. By the standard definition of a decade, I'd say that the 1980s and 1990s were the most similar, but the 20 year period falls into two distinct eras. One is from 1983-1992 and the other is from 1992-2001 and both of these eras are very different.

1983-1992 is the typical 80s culture we have come to associate with the 1980s, but it doesn't fit neatly into the decade. The 80s didn't begin in 1980, nor did it begin when Reagan became president. The first years of the decade were still tumultuous as the economy still sucked and America had a nasty disco/sexual revolution hangover. The material culture that defined the 80s wasn't able to get off the ground until the end of the 1982 recession, when people began embracing Reaganomics and trickle down theory. This paved the way for the excesses of the 80s. 70s Disco and Funk was fully phased out by this time as well, and replaced by new wave, glam rock and MJ influenced pop music. The fashions also became flashier and hair became bigger. Reagan's 1984 landslide put the conservative coalition firmly in place as the political and moral compass of the nation and that continued with Bush's 1988 win.

1992-2001: Things really began to change by 1992. People remember the 90s as a feel good decade but by 1992 the country was really in a lot of turmoil again. We were in a bad recession and there was societal unrest, what with the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles. The Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings pissed off a lot of women and created a greater push for women's rights. At the same time George Bush was talking about the culture wars- it was a battle between a younger, more progressive voice and the conservative voices of the Reagan era. Bush lost and Clinton pushed the country in a different direction. He was the first president to make gay rights an issue in his administration, as he tried to lift the ban on gay service members. He also won by creating serious doubts about the Reagan/Bush trickle down theory, so that was a new perspective at the time. Popular culture also changed rapidly. Hip Hop really came into the mainstream this year and replaced all of that cheesy 80s pop music. So many artists we associate with the 1980s really fell off the radar in 1992, like Paula Abdul, Phil Collins, and countless hair bands. Grunge also took off in 1992 as well. 80s sitcom staples like The Cosby Show, Golden Girls and Who's the Boss also went off the air in 1992 and created a huge void that was filled with new shows like Seinfeld. Big Hair remained popular in the first few years of the 1990s but by 92 and 93 it was quickly on its way out, same with other 80s fashions. 1992 set the stage for the culture of the 90s that ended with the terrorist attacks in September 2001.
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:52 PM
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Originally Posted by asubram3 View Post
what were the major differences,
Use of integrated circuits, computers and electronics working their way into the workplace (for example the grocery check out).
In the 1960s, the Vietnam war significantly less unpopular than in the 1970s - it was also considered winnable.
Fuel costs were significantly higher in the 1970s affecting more than driving; it affected lifestyle and industrial practices.
Use of plastics exploded.
Minorities became more mainstreamed - you saw more on TV with their own shows and in the movies.
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:35 AM
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1920s and 1950s both were decades of economic growth in America and Rebuilding in Europe. Beside a couple of anti-communist wars at the begining of the decade they were peaceful.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:18 PM
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I was watching some videos from 2006 of my family and honestly I don't feel like today is that different at all, aside from the rise of the smartphone and cloud Internet. Then again 7 years isn't that long - I don't think 1986 was that different from '93, 1996 from '03.
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