The thread title:
Older Generation: Is the doom and gloom the norm?
has two issues which are relatively non-specific.
"Older generation" is non-specific. A child would call a teenager the "older generation", as a teen we considered anybody above teenage the
"older generation" and so on.
"the norm" is non-specific. The norm for conspiracy theorists? The norm for evangelists? The norm for the common sheeple?
Now, on to your question from my relative point-of-view.
In the 60's I saw a Watchtower or somesuch little black and white booklet about Armageddon. I think it was a Jehovah's Witness or somesuch little
publication they'd drop in phone booths.
I asked Dad about it. He said, "Oh, that's just doomsayers. Doomsayers have been here since the beginning of time."
Okay, the next I hear the word Armageddon is in the 70's - the title of some block-buster movie.
Hollywood has made oodles of EOTWAWKI movies.
Next, we have "the bomb" issue of the Cold War. Nuclear bombs were relatively new and unknown. Nuclear holocasts were a concept that adults might
discuss behind closed doors; magazines might obliterate their cover with pictures of mushroom clouds, and occassional backpage articles might examine
... but, it wasn't as much the "norm" as the EOTWAWKI we get now.
We now have the net to magnify the Hollywood and newspaper articles of yesteryear and today.
There's MORE EOTWAWKI talk on conspiracy sites and evangelistic religious sites than elsewhere.
Part is where you place your attention.
Overall, I think everybody knows the term Armageddon now ... in the 70's, it wasn't that way. The movie introduced the word to those who didn't
know it already.
There's a lot more to be doom and gloomish about today as well. That's a subject for another thread though.