Monday, August 24, 2009

More Thoughts About Decades

Greetings from 90210! Here is the postcard I was looking for in my "archives" when I wrote the post about the 1990s. Quite a relic. Is it valuable?

While I’m on this decade subject, I have a few more thoughts. Actually I may return to the topic as this passage of time and culture is fascinating to me. You know you’re older when you start thinking of your life in decades instead of years.

Anyway, it seems that the transitions of the decades are more likely to occur in the middle of the decade than the end. For example the first half of the 1960s was massively different than the second half. We went from teased hair to long hair. From Mod fashions to long Indian dresses. From longing to get married to being free. (Contrary to common opinion, though, many young people throughout the 60s were getting married and living very “straight” lives, working for IBM, or joining the military voluntarily.)

1965 seems like a real transition for the decade, just as the 1970s progressed from the post-hippie era when it was harder and harder to be “unique” to the disco era in the second half of the decade. With that in mind, what really did happen in the 80s and 90s. Any thoughts?

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