Every generation has its own understandable prejudices regarding what the best decade was to come of age. They all say their own, because childhood and teen years are often the most fun and carefree in life. So invariably, whichever decade one was born in, that's the one they consider to have lived some of the best years of their lives. In this article I will explain why the 1990's were the best decade to grow up in. There was something of a special aura about those carefree and breezy years, before the time of toxic political cynicism, war and economic stress and general pessimism that invades our everyday world. They were the golden years of our youth.
4 TV Shows
Alright this had got to be the best argument as to why the 90's ruled. There's nothing today that can even come close to matching the supremacy 90's TV shows had. I mean what show today can realistically compete with the wit and humor of Friends, Seinfeld, Frasier, Becker, Fresh Prince, Boy Meets World, Full House, Step by Step, Family Matters, etc. No show today comes close, especially kids shows that have degenerated into zany antics. Back then, kids shows had a plot and a life lesson to impart. Sure they had plenty of humor, but they also tried to teach kids about what's important in life. Even cartoons had more depth to them back then. Can any kids cartoon show today live up to the greatness of say, X-Men, Spiderman, Batman Beyond etc.? Of Course not. Hell, we don't even have cartoons for grown ups anymore, all those currently running like The Simpsons, Family Guy and Futurama are all shows stemming from the 90's. And you can tell that some of the recent trends in TV shows are obvious attempts at trying to harness the 90's. Take the vampire craze these days, it's beyond obvious that it's trying to to tap into the success of shows like Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel. It's a sad state of affairs today.....gone are the days of great television, they've been replaced by one "reality" show after another.
3 Motion Pictures
Movies like The Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump, and Goodwill Hunting that have a powerful message of hope, movies like Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and Goodfellas that explore the gritty world of organized crime and gangster-ism through the lens of entertainment but also that of subtle critique. And as a young adult growing up during that era, you felt it was special due to the 90's teen craze in movies, almost as if some of those movies were specifically geared for you. These days studios are merely content with mindless gore, over the top CGI and stale comedy, and why not? They're still raking it in. I guess I just feel there ought to be more to Motion Pictures than that.
2 Play Time
These days, we keep hearing about burgeoning obesity rates among children and how unhealthy it has become for them to sit inside all day in front of a computer. Yeah we had computers and video games in the 90's, but we balanced it, we made time for face to face interaction with our peers, instead now we have kids, this is something I myself have witnessed to my horror..... sitting next to one another and conversing via text. They weren't separated by long distance, they were next to each other and couldn't even hold a real conversation. Now get ready for me to sound like an old fart...back in my day that was called insanity. Now it's the new norm.
1 The Economy
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