Boingboing's 2011 only-half-joking 'Mixtape of the Lost Decade' introduced me to the term '19A0s' which sums up surprisingly well my weird nostalgic feelings about those magical pivot years, 1978-1983.
Something serious went down during those years. Massive amounts of creativity got downloaded from somewhere.
I think that portal, whatever it was, is open again this year.
@natecull The period in which you were 18-28 is a time when you felt particularly alive. Any history of that time will inevitably fail to reflect what you personally were going through.
My own coincided with the time before and during '78-> '83 so I sympathise strongly.
19A0 though feels to me like the lost decade of the oughties. I'm struggling now to remember anything of note that actually happened in the oughties.
@natecull I know. So easy to be dismissive when it really wasn't that bad. The oughties were 14-24 for my kids. They loved it. The one BIG cultural thing that happened in the middle of it was Dubstep.
An easier argument is that 2000-2005 was post-millennial tension hangover. But 2005-2010 was actually awesome.
In a sense we saw the end of arena concerts and the rise of sharable playlists. Massive fragmentation. The real dissolves into its constituent parts and everyone mixes their own model in.
@jbond 2010 seems like a natural high to the cycle that began scaling out in the 1980s. Now we're facing systemic crises like the 70s.
With crisis comes rethinking and new ideas.
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