was life better back then or is it just nostalgia ?

was life better back then or is it just nostalgia ? you know when you look up a video game from 00s on youtube and half the comments are saying how life was simple back then and we didn't had to deal with adult problems that much? is it hating on the current culture zeitgeist because it stagnated for too long?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I was born in the 80s, grew up in the 90s and the 2000s genuinely felt like garbage. Every movie was some shitty Matrix knockoff with trenchcoats and bullet time, the music scene became increasingly dominated by hiphop and actual trash like rap metal, everything was worse thanks to 9/11, privacy in general became a thing of the past, civilizational cancers like smartphones and social media became a thing, vidrogame industry started stagnating mid decade thanks to rampant consolization, becoming an atheist was the coolest edgiest thing, men were putting 10 pounds of gel on their head and wearing gay orange tinted sunglasses, South Park, Jackass, Daily Show, American Idol, Big Brother and other degenerate Talmudic entertainment unironically was considered peak awesome, it was objectively shit. Only total morons and zoomers who didn't live it would feel nostalgic about it.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      you were able to enjoy some last flights with dignity though. I was born 1994 and it feels as I've barely managed to glimpse the last rays of the sun before it set to eternal darkness

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        1994 was probably my favorite year. Just awesome memories all around.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Life is always better when you are a child, because you're a fricking child and thus have no responsibilities. From a purely objective standpoint, people are living longer and healthier than ever before. There are bad aspects of modern life as well, but thats hardly exceptional to the current year. Even back in the 1990s and 2000s we were dealing with wars, recessions, 9/11.etc
    Remember anon, NIHIL SVB SOL NOVIS EST. There is nothing new under the sun

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >line goes up therefore good
      when will this homosexualry cease

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >High life expectancy, higher average income, and more years of education are bad
        When will the homosexualry that doesn't understand what the lines mean cease?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >Inflation 50 times higher
          >MUH EDUMACATION

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Pop culture was arguably at its most vapid and brainless, most of the stuff that came out of the 00s is pretty cringe.
        I blame 9/11 making the average American wantil to bury their head in the sand rather than deal with what was going on at the time.
        Pic related is great satire because it captures the sort of attitudes that defined the zeitgeist of the early 2000s that made the smart folks fear that society would become stupider over time (it wasn't supposed to be a documentary)

        If you know of a better way to track human wellbeing over time we'd be delighted if you shared with the class.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      This is also it, go on tiktok and you will see zoomers being nostalgic for the late 2000s/early 2010s and how it was the best era ever.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Yes it was. There's too much information and stimulation now.

    There was a lot back then too and it was ever-increasing but still manageable. It felt more natural and organic. Today's internet, for example, is basically autogenerated.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Material life is better. Medicine and air conditioning. Comfort basically.

    Spiritual life is worse. But you can work at it and make it better.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    EVERYONE READ NO COUTRY FOR OLD MEN AND WATCH THE DAMN MOVIE

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  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I've theorized on this concept and called it a "cultural dead zone". This is effectively where a culture is both unwilling and/or unable to produce real, fresh ideas into the cultural zeitgeist. We've had the same Zeitgeist we've had since roughly the 1960's, only far worse. But it's not different from the themes of that era, it's just more intense, borderline hysterical. This culture really reached its' zenith around the year 2000 where basically art, movies, tv, music, and most other things are merely iterative, imitations, rehashes, and remakes. The only real mediums with any fresh life is video games and arguably Youtube/self-content creation, all other mainstream forms are dead. Even video games and content creation are slowly dying and becoming less creative. Every year it's basically the same shooter game, the same survival MMO, the same fantasy MMO, etc.

    When I think of cultural dead zone it is similar to an oceanic dead zone with limited life. That's not to say that nothing has come out in the last 24 years that's worth watching, I've certainly enjoyed a great deal. But it's become few and far between, dead and dying, dull and unimaginative. I often try watching a movie or show but have to turn it off, I've seen it all before. In fact I would say the massive increase in popularity in Japanese and Korean media is a direct result of this dead zone. Who wants the watch another shit Matrix movie or shit TMNT movie? You can officially claim a culture is in a cultural dead zone when they start doing re-dos of past cultural elements that weren't even good in the first place. I'm reminded with this concept about how Rome and statue making essentially became less creative even by the time of Augustus. So there's some kind of pattern that cultures follow where eventually new ideas become impossible.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Even video games and content creation are slowly dying and becoming less creative. Every year it's basically the same shooter game, the same survival MMO, the same fantasy MMO, etc.
      Every time period had some genre/story-type of preference and a "new" medium where the best stories to be told and the best art to be seen could be admired.
      In the 19th century, the medium was either theatre or books, and most books were either about some kind of moral message related to the evils of modern society or the fall of old traditions.
      In the 1920s, it was jazz music and gangster movies.
      In the 1930s, it was the same stuff, but with talkies.
      In the 1940s, it was cowboy movies and film noir.
      In the 1950s, it was rock-and-roll music and movies about young greasers with their hotrods.
      In the 1960s, it was psychedelic rock music and movies about space and young love, but also TV.
      In the 1970s, it was hard rock music and fast-paced movies about gritty violence.
      In the 1980s, it was glam rock and shitty, cliché blockuster movies full of action scenes.
      In the 1990s, it was techno music and movies about aimless young people looking for meaning in life or something.
      In the 2000s, it was alt rock and movies about cybercrime and foreign terrorists.
      In the 2010s, it was just fricking Star Wars and The Hobbit, but also the Fortnite dance.
      And now in the 2020s, it's just b***hes on TikTok doing stupid dances and making short videos about their shitty takes on geopolitics for Alphoomers suffering from terminal brainrot.

      Sure, every decade had some repeating tropes and clichés, but we often tend to remember the best of each decade because we don't have to sift around all of the mediocre shit from each decade and instead rely on recommendations for classic films, albums, books, etc.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Here's what sticks out to me the most from when I was growing up in the 2000s:
    >Bush
    >Iraq and Afghanistan wars
    >moronic church who did nothing but piss EVERYONE off through provocative publicity stunts
    >Brian Williams: "x number of soldiers killed in Iraq/Afghanistan..."
    >old warmonger man and Mrs. I can see Russia from my house versus the young charismatic black guy
    I may be a zoomer (an older one since I'm 26) but I can't figure out whether it's the oldgays who remember the glee of being teens/young adults or other zoomers who remember nothing about world events and just remember eating pizza rolls & playing vidya all Saturday.
    I can understand 1990s nostalgiagaygery, even the cold war 80s, but I can't comprehend why people think the 2000s were so great except for rose colored glasses bullshit.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Oh and not to forget, high gas prices and the recession. It ain't no wonder i forgot to mention those considering else I listed.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

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    I think the "ow my balls" was a great part in that movie, making fun of the Jackass series. I can't stand those stupid Jackass movies.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    They was a fricking war going on so probably not. The only real time I'd say this is correct is for the 90s where the issue was the US poling its nose where it didn't belong but didn't cross the line into making it everyone else's problem with a full scale war.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I think a lot of it is nostalgia, because only the good memories get remembered, everything else gets filtered out. What could happen is that they were specific scenarios or issues that were better in the past. For example you could say gas prices were cheaper in the past.

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