posted on Jun, 11 2009 @ 05:34 PM
This is a very interesting discussion indeed. Big ups to the OP.
I do agree that a paradigm shift occured long before the 21st century again. Some people call this the "postmodern age," but there are obviously
varying definitions to what "postmondernity" is. I will call it "postmodern" simply for the lack of a better term.
If you ask me, however, this paradigm shift of sorts began not in 1990, but back in 1975. Now, there is a world of difference between life in the
mid-to-late 1970s and life in the late 2000s. However, as the OP noted, I feel as though 1975 was a time when we turned a corner as a society. The
more things change, the more commonalities I find between our time and the mid-to-late 1970s. I feel like this was truly the time when "old" thought
really began to give way to more progressive ideals. More than thought, however, it exhibited itself in more mundane ways.
For example, if you watch television commercials of then versus now, you see the roots of the contemporary television commercial. It was also the time
when the personal computer was born, so in existence was the idea that we as individuals could harness a significant amount of technology that would
change the way we live. Contrary to what we may believe, much of what we consider commonplace now had its genesis in the 1970s. Computer/video games
became common. Television broadcasting became very similar. Military technology entered a more high-tech era.
This is all a little complicted to explain succinctly, but my point is the paradigm shift, in my mind, began in 1975, the year the Vietnam War ended.