I am convinced that whatever generation a person was a teen or young adult in that it was the very last generation that had it good. That everyone over 30 years of age believes the following generations are all going to go to hell on roller-skates (or on a Segway,for modern readers ) and there is nothing any of us can do about it. That it is our generation who was the very last generation that had any morals or any good music.
It matters not, really, what era you spent your youth in, we are convinced that the latest technology is some how to blame for the ruination on the current youth. I remember the older folk in the 80’s who thought that microwaves and cable television were the devil’s handiwork. That we were all getting fat and lazy because we could no longer be bothered with popping our popcorn the old-fashioned way, on the stove, like God indented, but had resorted to that new product: Microwave popcorn. What was the matter with only 3 channels? It was good enough in their day, when kids spent more times out doors doing chores and they liked it.
I remember that day in the supermarket with my then 8-year-old daughter and 9- year- old son; the day “my” music ended up as background noise. I was cheerily singing –a-long, when my son asked quite innocently, “Is that more of that 80’s crap?” It was indeed more of that 80’s crap. I look back now at the styles of my youth and wonder if the older fashion designers, (I mean, really, they had to be in their 30’s!) did it all for laughs? Look at those ridiculous looking kids, they were probably thinking, they’ll buy anything if we say it is “fashion.” They were getting back at us all for a youth spent in mis-matched clothes and bowl hair-cuts.
I hear my generation groan about the internet, Ipods/pads, tablets, smart phones,hip-hop, Netflix ,and many other things we don’t fully know how to use or understand. Exactly like our parents did about MTV, VCRs, video arcades, microwaves, punk rock, ATM machines, personal computers, and many other things they didn’t know how to use or fully understand.
Things are advancing so fast that who knows what will be left to complain about in the future?? We have smart phones, interactive TV’s, touch screen computers, voice-activated soft -wear, video chats, OnStar, electronic books, 3D printers, and GPS. I could write a whole article about GPS! Those jokes about a guy not asking for directions are now obsolete. The jokes about me getting lost in my back yard are now obsolete. Now TomTom , quite literally, tells you where to go and where to get off.
It will all end up like that old cartoon The Jetson’s with the only thing left to complain about being “push-button finger”