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Originally posted by Partygirl
reply to post by TopherWayne
No. People do change. It's easier to be good in good times, it's easier to be bad in bad times. People ate other human beings to survive in East Europe at the end of WWII, I don't think those same people did it again afterwards.
Or you had all the Tarantino movies, where the good guys were a bunch of creepy foul-mouthed thugs. See, heroes weren't heroes anymore and bad guys had their good side. Everything got all mixed up, culturally.
In conclusion, America today is in the throes of the greatest and direst transformation in its history. We are becoming an ideological state, a country with an official state ideology enforced by the power of the state. In “hate crimes” we now have people serving jail sentences for political thoughts. And the Congress is now moving to expand that category ever further. Affirmative action is part of it. The terror against anyone who dissents from Political Correctness on campus is part of it. It’s exactly what we have seen happen in Russia, in Germany, in Italy, in China, and now it’s coming here. And we don’t recognize it because we call it Political Correctness and laugh it off. My message today is that it’s not funny, it’s here, it’s growing and it will eventually destroy, as it seeks to destroy, everything that we have ever defined as our freedom and our culture.
Originally posted by TopherWayne
On a side note. When I was a little kid in the 80s, I thought that when my parents were little kids that the world was in black & white. Like an old B&W television. I don't know why I thought that. lol
Originally posted by MrRoboto
reply to post by fooks
HA!, I love the music from the 80's. It's so random. I find a lot of todays music is borrowing from that time frame.
Add to that the fact that peace didn't pay off the way we thought it would. The end of the Cold War was very anti-climatic. Unfortunately it also left a lot of people with no sense of purpose. There was no common bound. American's found a rallying point with Desert Storm but it was over quickly and faded in to history.
The nation ended up kind of lost and bored. This seemed to grow in to a sense of agitation and anger that was expressed in the music and culture. There was a sense that there should be something more awaiting those coming of age. We had been told that when the Russians stopped being communist all would be right in the world. American's would find a whole new world of freedom and prosperity at their door step. There was a lot more prosperity but it wasn't going to the middle class and poor. We had talks of NAFTA and jobs disappearing. A sense of anger arose from traditional middle class jobs sectors disappearing.
To me the 1990's seemed like a transition in to something more angry and bitter. I don't remember any great spiritual awakenings. I remember hostility and angst. Then as the internet and cell phones flourished there was a great driving apart that fueled the hostility and anger in whole new ways.
People became more disconnected as they became more "plugged in." Families started communicating via e-mail instead of phone or even face to face. Privacy eroded as phones followed us every where and we became biraged by the constant demands of life that years earlier would have seemed unimportant. Being connected stopped being about actual connections with people. It came to mean being burdened by electronics.
There were a lot of changes that occured and a lot of them really did permenantly change society. So, in a way 1989 really did have more in common with 1959 than 1998. The world really was a different place.
Imagine waking up in the morning to an actual alarm clock and putting a cassette tape in your boom box before taking a shower. Then transferring the tape to your Walk Man to listen to it while eating breakfast and reading the newspaper. If you got up before 7am you could catch the local news and find out the weather. If you missed that you could call a phone number to get the current temperature and daily forecast.
It is hard to express in words how much has changed in twenty years.
Originally posted by okamitengu
the world was quiet.
the wall had come down, communism was dead. we had no great enemies in the world.
for the first time in 100 years, there was a calm.