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View Poll Results: What were the two most similar decades?
1920s & 30s 3 6.67%
1930s & 40s 5 11.11%
1940s & 50s 7 15.56%
1950s & 60s 1 2.22%
1960s & 70s 3 6.67%
1970s & 80s 2 4.44%
1980s & 90s 13 28.89%
1990s & 2000s 9 20.00%
2000s & 2010s (based on 2002 vs. 2012) 2 4.44%
Voters: 45. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-29-2012, 06:08 PM
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Personally I'd say the 1120's and 1130's were nearly indistinguishable from each other.

Old 10-04-2012, 02:18 PM
Location: Austin, TX
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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?
Old 07-22-2013, 06:24 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.
Old 07-22-2013, 07:52 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.
Old 07-23-2013, 09:35 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.
Old 07-24-2013, 06:18 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.
Old 03-29-2016, 04:09 PM
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Originally Posted by tesseractive View Post
Probably better to think in eras rather than generations.

1946-62 post-war
1963-79 psychedelic
1980-92 greater eighties
1993-09 hip hop era
2010-present ??
Say what?!

While hip-hop may have been big in both 1993 and 2009, overall, 2009 is WAAAY too modern and close to today to be directly compared to 1993! It probably would have more in common with 2025 than THAT.

Seriously, 2009 seems a lot closer to today than 2002. And now it's being compared to the fudging early '90s... What has our world come to?
Old 03-30-2016, 12:37 AM
Location: Iowa
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Originally Posted by asubram3 View Post
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?
The year of transformation was from mid 1973 to Aug 1974, but in 1971 and 1972 things were calming down from the more revolutionary/hippy years of '65 to '70 (height of social unrest). The economy was strong in the 60's, and remained strong until the Arab oil embargo of 1973 and rise of OPEC. From that year on, the economy got worse, and stayed bad until 1983. The resignation of Nixon in Aug 74 was the last thing holding the hippy movement together, after that, the protests and demonstrations just melted away. LSD had done it's job and all the hippies were fried. The torch was passed to women as they were the ones to carry on the revolutionary spirit thru the media, until about 1980, Farah's hair helped slow that down a little in the late 70's but ERA fever remained strong up to Dolly's 9 to 5 movie in 1980.

American cars were good in the 60's and early 70's, and declined in quality as the 70's progressed, and stayed bad thru most of the 80's. The same can be said for the quality of our consumer products, especially electronic related items, the Japanese ate us alive during the 70's and 80's, but we retained the lead in computers.

Science fiction, horror movies and cop shows dominated the 70's, TV had changed greatly from the 60's to the 70's, the sit-coms of the 70's had social messages that was forbidden in the 60's. Crime became a much bigger problem as we get into the late 60's and it stayed bad thru the early 90's without much abatement. A social sickness set in, in the 70's it was serial killers, in the 80's it was pornography completely out of the bottle by that point, with R and X rated movies watched at home on TV via cable and VHS, it was eroding moral values and made the early 1960's look like another planet compared to what was happening in the 70's and 80's. Larry Flynt had a lot to do with the changes in how sex was presented, and Dr. Ruth did her part in normalizing sex talk on TV and keeping it in your face on daytime TV thru the whole of the 1980's. The 80's may have been more conservative in some ways than the 70's, but liberal/PC stuff was getting stronger by the decade. Smoking was acceptable in the 70's and banned just about everywhere by the late 80's. Interracial dating was green lighted in the 80's and by the 90's lesbianism was coming on strong and affecting woman's fashion trends with short hair, no makeup, piercings ect ect.

Overall, I would say 80's and 90's were the most similar decades of what the OP posted, in America. Many people did not embrace computers right away in 1995, or get a cell phone until closer to 2000. The one piece of 90's technology I still admire very much, digital satellite service, I latched onto before cell/computer in 1997, and still find it to be the best way for Pay TV service today (streaming will overtake it soon). The music was better in the 80's than the 90's, but the overall feel of these 2 decades was more similar, IMO. The 60's and 70's might be a close second if you lop off 60 to 63 and consider that an extension of the 50's. From a world view, perhaps one might argue the 70's and 80's were more similar, as the cold war ended in 1990.

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