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Why Many Feel Even The Recent Past Was Better Than Now
One of my favorite topics I see theorized in articles is the notion of non-time/hauntology, or the idea of culture and things seemingly standing in place. For instance, in many parts of America the fashion of the general public seems decidedly stuck in this sort of 1998-2001 holding pattern. But increasingly I've seen people express how even the recent "Bush era" past was inherently better than now. While gender equality is at the forefront of discussion and solutions, we're looking at gay marriage legal in the majority of America soon and medical breakthroughs are almost science fiction at this point...I *can* see the argument of why even just a few years ago things maybe felt...more organic.
I myself cannot help but shake the feeling something has changed in the post HD/smart phone/social network/text addiction/instagram/hipster/google-apple world that I'd describe as the post 2010/Obama era(using Bush and Obama only as time markers in the way someone would say Reagan or Wilson era)
It isn't just the loss of video stores. Or arcades. Or the fact hardly anyone talks on the phone and it's all text. Or people's very low attention span online(TL;DR, terse twitter style) Or the fact pretty much everywhere you go everyone's walking and staring at their smart phones. It's everything. I feel as much as people, especially a lot of the college demographic want to believe they are more progressive and inclusive...I've seen a lot of (what I see as) negative things emerge socially.
I sometimes feel even in their good intentioned hashtagtivism, some come off in the same 'privileged' way that they preach against without realizing. I also am bothered by how everything in pop culture is now filtered through this Brooklyn hipster chic meets sterile THX-1138 apple store smart screen sameness. We have "nerd culture", which like electronic music and many other things has completely assimilated into bro/pop culture.
Perhaps the most visible symbol of what's wrong with everything in the post 2010 era is the endless, endless remakes/reboots/sequels/prequels/sidequels...all made into pg-13 blurry edited drek. The recent Robocop and Total Recall remakes are a great example of what I mean by this un-creative sterile environment...the weirdness of films like Labyrinth, Total Recall or even Fifth Element just couldn't happen today.
And why does radio pop music sound not much different than the Britney Spears/Eminem era? Just with more autotune and pop dubstep?
You look at what's happening in San Francisco...one might think so called progressive corporations taking over so much of the bay would be beneficial, when its hurting a lot of working class and minority families.
It's absolutely historical we have a black president, but have things even improved in impoverished inner cities? Or for that matter for working class people in general?
Obviously the list is endless for understandable grievances for today. I remember the richly intelligent and community based era of 2000-2006 era Livejournal as an example of what I feel was the last time things weren't so fast food. And you could meet amazing people and have open thoughts and discussions without everything being a #lulz hashtag twitter post.
At least, it's good to see forums still exist:) And I want to be excited about the future. I just royally feel we're thick in some sort of awkward puberty phase in culture.