So after reading a bunch of threads over the past few years about music, TV, etc… it seems to me that there’s some kind of cultural stagnation going on that wasn’t the case in the 20th century.
Cultural trends used to be defined in terms of decades - “the Roaring 20s”, the Fifties through the Nineties, and so on. They weren’t 100% lined up with the calendar dates, but were close enough.
Except once you got past about 1995 or so, it seems to me that system has more or less broken down. There’s lots of late 90s stuff that still seems relevant or at least not all that foreign, in a way that say, me looking back at 1960 when I was a teenager in 1985 did. It doesn’t seem like movies, music, fashion, etc… is much changed from that mid-90s time. I’m constantly surprised at how NOT different stuff like sitcoms are or movies. Or how older music seems to still be somewhat popular on a lot of stations- it’s not considered “oldies” like music from the sixties was when I was a teenager.
Even everyday fashion doesn’t seem much changed; there are no real equivalents of parachute pants or 1970s bell bottoms, or 1960s skinny ties and crew cuts that I can lay my fingers on for the late 1990s, 2000s or 2010s.
Is this just a product of me getting older and having more perspective on it? Were my parents in 1985 looking at 1960 as forty-somethings much the same way I’m looking at 1995? Or is something going on with this perception?