posted on Feb, 8 2010 @ 09:38 AM
reply to post by silent thunder
Contemporary American cultural anthropology has also been an interest of mine; Primarily because at one time I was involved in the fashion industry
and now I'm working in the entertainment industry, film, and spotting trends was/is paramount to success.
And here in the Southwest fashion and attitudes are much slower to change than on the coasts. Here people adopt a style and stay with it, ex.
cowboy, jock, hippie etc. The ladies however are much more amenable to change, which has always been the case.
But to address your premise that fashion pop culture has ground to a halt;
yes it has. Fashion and trends are driven IMO by market forces. The R&D people realize that people just can't afford new "stuff" like they could
in the past so their new lines are smaller with little change that would require retooling.
Also I think people are more connected with their media/www/gamer toys and tend to stay in more and interact with people less.
However one of the big changes I have noticed is that people still aren't buying and driving fuel efficient vehicles. I see more and more BIG
pickups and SUVs than cars.
Noticeable fashion/pop culture change comes from events that affect the psyche....technology, wars, space races, revolutions, blockbuster movies.
"Avatar" could spark something.
Change is the hallmark of a dynamic society; perhaps we are in a period of "chill".........
[edit on 8-2-2010 by whaaa]