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Old 11-21-2013, 12:49 PM
 
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A lot of forums on here discuss when decades came into their own in terms of culture. Some I've heard:

2000s began after 9/11

1990s began around 92 when Clinton takes office and music and fashion begin to move away from the 80s

1980s begin in 1983 when the economic malaise of the 70s finally goes away and trends like new wave and big hair come into their own

Has the 2010s began yet, and what ushered in the decade?

 
Old 11-21-2013, 01:26 PM
 
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Privacy/NSA/Google/Snowden/Wikileaks
Ubiquitous Smartphone Use
Economic Rebound
 
Old 11-21-2013, 01:30 PM
 
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To add in sort of on topic,

The 1960s began with the JFK assassination.
When did the 1960s end? The Moon Landings in 69-72? Nixon resignation in 74? Oil Embargo? Vietnam? Transition to compact cars (due to high gas costs)? Tough one.
The 1970s ended with Reagan, and music and fashion move away from denim/stoner/hippy rock/pot to neon, new wave (The Police, B-52s, U2, etc), dance music, aerobics, personal electronics (calculator), electronic music.

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Old 11-21-2013, 01:35 PM
 
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1990s began around 92 when Clinton takes office and music and fashion begin to move away from the 80s
Grunge and gangsta rap replace 80s electronic music.
 
Old 11-21-2013, 01:38 PM
 
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1980s begin in 1983 when the economic malaise of the 70s finally goes away and trends like new wave and big hair come into their own
Not sure if I'm with you on this one. 81 and 82 didn't feel like the 1970s. In fact, new wave music was starting in the late 70s. Reagan from Carter, the hostages coming home sort of makes this transition.

And, the early 80s had those 16%+ interest rates. Bad for people borrowing for a home. Great for older people saving conservatively (Remember every bank and S&L was giving away cruises to entice older folks to park their money there?)
 
Old 11-21-2013, 03:10 PM
 
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I think 2011-2012 marked the 2010s as a society with apocalyptic paranoia (highlighted by the dec 2012 mayan thing, incessant government monitoring - which we will see a whole lot more of, Occupy movement highlighting inequality and was just one of many "movements/protests", and of course, our continuing digitization. ACA should be mentioned somewhere. Not sure how.

Also I seem to notice a lot of pop music has DJ type LMFAO type sound and samples to it now. I started noticing this in 2010.
 
Old 11-21-2013, 04:01 PM
 
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To add in sort of on topic,

The 1960s began with the JFK assassination.
When did the 1960s end? The Moon Landings in 69-72? Nixon resignation in 74? Oil Embargo? Vietnam? Transition to compact cars (due to high gas costs)? Tough one.
The 1970s ended with Reagan, and music and fashion move away from denim/stoner/hippy rock/pot to neon, new wave (The Police, B-52s, U2, etc), dance music, aerobics, personal electronics (calculator), electronic music.
I'm going to disagree with you.
The 60's began with Kennedy's election. He was a young President, with a beautiful wife and 2 very young children. He was the NEW generation.
The 60's ended with Charles Manson.
 
Old 11-21-2013, 04:52 PM
 
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I'm going to disagree with you.
The 60's began with Kennedy's election. He was a young President, with a beautiful wife and 2 very young children. He was the NEW generation.
The 60's ended with Charles Manson.
The reason I wrote what I wrote is because prior to the assassination, America was projected as Leave It To Beaver - still carried over from the 1950s Ozzy and Harriet.

1963 the Assignation, soon followed by civil rights, Vietnam, Generation Gap (as the post WWII baby boomers came of age). 1962 and 1961 (the years we disagree on), didn't have a negative or dark side to them. It all started changing in Nov 63 - the first dark event. The mood changed. Darker reality set in.

We associate the 1960s with hippies, the 1968 Democratic Convention, the Yippies, drug overdoses, protests, and yes Manson, Civil Rights, and Vietnam - all controversial and dark in contrast to the 1950s. With the exception of Sputnik and "the bomb" the 1950s were viewed as utopia and ideal. The angry1960s bled over into the 1970s, the distrust of government, Nixon solidifying and validating this distrust, America's Vietnam Failure.

Eventually Ford took over in 74 and his first words were, "America's Nightmare is over".
 
Old 11-21-2013, 06:27 PM
 
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The "decade" since about 2007-08 seems roughly the same in my neck of the woods. Now in late 2013, it seems like the media harps about the Internet, social media and lack of privacy, so to speak. There are way more smartphones in use today in use than there were in say, 2009. Media is definitely converging more with the Internet than just several years ago. Fashion looks about the same to me other than skinny jeans which look terrible on many people quite honestly.

Overall trend, don't see much change yet since 2009 or so at least here in the U.S. Sometimes it is easier to see the trends in hindsight, anyway. Maybe a few other trends worth noted aren't mentioned yet in this thread?
 
Old 11-22-2013, 02:26 AM
 
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Its always difficult to peg down when the transition has taken place. 9/11 - economic meltdown of 2008-2009 seem to bracket the war years.

Since 2009, we've seen the initiation and continuance of accomodative monetary policy by the Fed, a steadily rising stock market decoupled from job or revenue growth, and inflation creeping along that seems to hit middle class folks yet not be accounted for by gov't numbers.

Culturally, it seems to be accompanied by a general and growing indifference to politicians' ineffectiveness and a desensitization to brinksmanship and hype. Perhaps also an acceptance of a declining standard of living for the average American.

Financial pressures seem to have affected commercial art as well, popular music is bland and practically indistinguishable, relying heavily on past formulas for quick commercial success. The 80's pastiche remains popular in clothing at least for now.
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