I was talking to my girlfriend yesterday, and we were discussing how things were when we were growing up vs. how they are now. Yes, I realize that every generation views the time that they grew up in as “the best,” but it’s just deplorable how much things have gone downhill.
When I was growing up in the ’80s, there was so much imagination and creativity. Things were so much brighter and amazing back then. Every Saturday morning at 7 a.m., I would get up with a sugar-coma-inducing bowl of cereal and flip on the tube to watch four solid hours of cartoons, and these weren’t just stupid, nonsensical cartoons, these were cartoons that were sophisticated and full of imagination; some examples being He-Man, Thundercats, G.I. JOE, Silverhawks, Superman, Super Powers, Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, Captain N: The Game Master, Dungeons and Dragons, Visionaries, and countless others. And these cartoons were not only on on Saturday mornings, but also Sunday mornings and early weekday mornings and in the afternoon. These continued throughout the ’90s and into the early 2000s.
Heavy metal and melodic rock ruled the radiowaves, before they were pushed underground by grunge and rap. To have a Nintendo Entertainment System was considered something very special. And there were loads of unique action figures that sparked the imaginations of kids.
Folk back then seemed to have a common sense of decency, and respected each other. We used our imaginations and played outside with super-soakers and toy swords. Dating was still romantic and young teen lovers could make out with each other without it having to lead to anything, usually with romantic power ballads by Survivor, Rainbow, REO Speedwagon, and Journey playing in the background.
It seemed like people really looked out for and cared for each other back then. Today, it seems that society is quickly going down the crapper. Sure, we’ve increased in technology, but people and today’s youth are becoming so dumb, it’s unbelievable. Cartoons as we knew them no longer exist on tv, for the most part, and instead the youth of today are idolizing after such idiots as the Kardashians and the brats of Jersey Shore. They’ve traded in their imagination for sitting in front of the tube all day playing video games, addicted to them like junkies.
The music that is aimed towards kids/youth these days is undeniably some of the most banal, unimaginative cookie-cutter tripe that exists. And only preaches to them to conform to a backwards society obsessed with status, money, popular clothing, physique, material wealth and sex with no romance or love involved at all.
The young ones of today care only for themselves and could care less about others, especially the ones that are not in their popular clique. And more and more, stupidity seems to actually be embraced as a sort of perverse virtue. Society is going down the pipes fast, and unless there is some sort of social revolution that happens, the world we leave to our youth is going to be one huge dumbed-down nightmare, like the film “Idiocracy.” We need to think what kind of world we are leaving for the next generation, and clean this mainstream-produced mess up.