"Remember when people were content to be unambitious? Sleep 'til 11:00? Just hang out with their friends? I mean, they had no occupations whatsoever, maybe working a couple hours a week at a coffee shop?"
"We, we're not two years into the nineties, and already it's shaping up as lame, boring stupid decade that we're just going to have to suffer through. Responsibility, restraint, recession. There's no escape! Or is there? Maybe you need the ultimate vacation. A trip to the 1980s."
When I was a kid I lived for climbing trees, ate Dr. Pepper Jelly Beans, My favorite part of Jurassic Park was how real the raptors looked, When I was a Kid I still had VHS, watched Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff, Zack Morris owned the first cell phone, it was off the hook!
Junebug skipping like a stone With the headlights pointed at the dawn We were sure we'd never see an end to it all And we don't even care To shake these zipper blues And we don't know Just where our bones will rest To dust, I guess Forgotten and absorbed Into the earth below
In this dance I celebrate the new American optimism. Wherein we look at recession, deficits, education, poverty, racism, sexism, AIDS crime, drugs, poisoned resources, crumbling highways-railroads-buildings-bridges and go 'HO HUM.' Because who cares? WE WON A WAR!
This wholesome golden age was only ever so slightly overshadowed by the beginnings of economic globalisation, but this was easy to ignore especially with the technological wonder of the Game Boy Color to marvel at.
Surprise, I'm not a Millennial! Whew. Thank God for that. Barely dodged the bullet, too. No, see, I'm a classic Gen-X-er, in case you hadn't noticed from my general apathy, bad attitude and the immense pleasure I take in needling you.
The X-Files is, appropriately enough, a show that helps define what is known as 'Generation X', the generation born following the post war baby boom, as the afterglow from Americas ascent to global superpower began to wear off...its little wonder that Generation X seemed completely disillusioned with their elders. 'The Erlenmeyer Flask' is quite overt in its handling of broken father figures.
Blake strikes me as the ur-Father of Freud'sCivilization and Its Discontents, speaking to the id-driven sales force. In good times, Blake comes across as a parody of all bad managers with his A-B-C rules — he is Stephen Covey's evil twin. In a bad business climate, however, he is the bearer of profound Hobbesean truths, and one feels obliged to internalize him and let him whisper in the back of one's mind, for his is the voice that drives industry.
I watched all 3 hours of last nights American Music Awards and it took a lot of the sweet nectar to get through it. Im surprised Im not typing this from a hospital bed as a nurse stands next to me, wringing the booze out of my liver before shoving it back up my asshole. Watching it felt like being stuck in a suburban 10-year-olds iTunes playlist. It was one shit song after another and at one point I weeped for our nations children, because when I was a kid our ears were filled with the artistic melodies put out by real artists like Milli Vanilli and Vanilla Ice.
Boomer lust for WWII was a simultaneous lame tribute to dying vets (Happy Fathers Day! Heres another copy of The Greatest Generation!) and a slap in the face to their slacker kids, Generation X. Gen-X failed to get real jobs and in general, to care whether they did or not.
Around the time Richard Linklaters film Slacker came out in 1991, journalists and critics put a finger on what they thought was different about the young generation of emerging adults they were reluctant to grow up, disdainful of earnest action. The stereotype stuck — and it stuck hard.
Luckily, as most Zs have only a vague memory of the pre-Bush v. Gore world, theyve known nothing but escalating bullshit for their entire lives. They thus have no baseline of non-suckitude to cultivate bitterness or nostalgia. Generation Xs 'bad attitude,' on the other hand, has always been a function of living in the boomer shadows—culturally, economically, politically, and so on.
"When you look at the evolution of action movies beginning with westerns, you'll notice how the main choice of weapon always changes: in the 50s and 60s, it was all about rifles. In the late-70s and 80, it was all about lasers. But as soon as the 90s hit, it was slingshots and squirt guns."
"It was 1993, when everyone was pretending to be depressed in a marketing-friendly way. 'We're rising against the expectations of society and playing hockey on the roof because I just don't agree with our socially-irrelevant baby boomer world. Think about it.'"
"A lot of life is hopeless today, even for middle-class kids. I mean, for the first time in I think human history, middle-class kids now assume they are not going to live as well as their parents—that's really something new, that's never happened before. My kids, for example, assume that they are probably never going to live the way that we live. Think about it, that's never happened before in history. And they're probably right, except accidentally—like, some of them may, but on average they won't."
—Noam Chomsky, Understanding Power
For some, they offered a '90s point of view' on young people and their relationships....But older adults 35+ were more critical, and felt this group did not really care about each other like real friends would. These older viewers also found it hard to relate to this group of friends. They found the character smug, superficial, and self-absorbed.