Kreistor wrote:Long but interesting analysis of popular culture.
Admittedly I am forced to agree with you there, both because you make some very convincing points, and because to be honest my attention to current popular culture is and always has been distracted at best. People have told me before that I live under a metaphorical rock. It honestly does not interest me what celebrities and music are big now, and the most I have seen are the changing styles of clothing and fads in grade and high school whilst I still attended them. Therefore I simply assumed popular culture would have followed the same trends as I observed there.
Discussing its curious lack of change from a more intellectual standpoint on the other hand, that does sound interesting. I assume the mention of 'our enemy dissapearing' in the early 90's is referencing the end of the Cold War? I suppose I can understand the strong desire to try and make a change in with the imminent threat of nuclear war. But now that there isn't one? People tend to be lazy and stubborn, sticking to what they already know and fearing new ideas and concepts.
I recall hearing, though I was barely more than a couple years old at the actual time so didn't know about it, that AIDS was introduced scientifically into the community as 'the homosexual cancer' in the 80's. That someone would even label a disease as caused by or stemming from the practice of homosexuality - if you ignore religous communities, which seem the slowest to change anyway - in current times seems almost unthinkable. The desire to be be as politically correct as possible has evolved somehow, and homosexuality has become as a whole more accepted... though not entirely yet.
This seems to show that culture CAN evolve in the span of several decades, but as you said, it has not in many areas. It is simply falling back on old ideas and clinging to what most familiar and safe. There has been a recent 'war' and I suppose it is technically not over, but it did not really seem as threatening as immiment nuclear halocaust, either because most of it seemed to be bumbling around 'spreading democracy!', and I think people were paying more attention to the apparent stupidity of the last president than what was going on on the other side of the world. So that was not really shaking things up as much as the Cold War did.
I wonder if some great disaster will have to occur for the world to start moving forward again.
In the meantime, I'm going to look up this "99 Luftballoons" you mentioned.
UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.