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I thought this had been done before on here but apparently not. Partly inspired by the video in @201p's signature, my favourite decade would probably be the 90s. Before the internet went too mainstream and the boomers and conglomerates ruined it. Before smartphones and the 'war on terror' and paedos on every street corner.

 

I've always assumed everyone liked the decade during which they were about 10 years old... Let's see if it's true or not.

Which decade do you think was the best for you personally, i.e. when you were happiest?

 

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Best decade is one when you 15-25. If you dont have fun then, then you never will.  

I’m struggling to decide between the 80’s and 90’s. I’d say mid 80’s to mid 90’s to be more accurate. I would have been 14/15 through to 24/25. Lots of socialising. Great music. Overall a really good

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90s for me without question. That was the decade before I thought I had to get responsible do all the stupid "responsible" things that responsible people tell you that you should do, for no other reason than that they did it all themselves and they want you to be as miserable as they are.

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90's IMO. Lots of good music, I remember the technology changing so quickly; I was 7 in 1990 and I remember the huge change over the next 10 years in video games that's in no way been matched before or since. Huge change in home computing, and the internet coming in to people homes. It was also the last decade where houses were affordable in NI... the madness starting in the early 00's.

Funny I was just about to post a topic similar to this - it occured to me the other day, as someone with an interested in tech and music history, that you think of all the changes and styles that defined the 70's, the 80's, the 90's...

...well think of the decade 2010-2020....what actually happened of note? Culturally, musically, in terms of tech (iPhone first release was 2007 and we're just getting faster versions of the same concept). Was there any big changes that in 50 years time people will look back and say the 10's were the decade of <whatever>...

It's been quite a dull decade IMO, and I don't see what of note (positive) will be talked about in the history books - even mainstream cinema seems to have gotten a bit crap, trying to recycle francises of the past (and mostly failing) and endless forgettable superhero movies.

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1970s was the beginning of the end as the share of wealth started to swing back in favour of the elites.

But, it had an innocent optimism and a sense that things were on the up.

The 1980s financialised everything.

The 1990s was a con.

2000s reality starts to bite.

2010s the wheels start falling off.

2020s TEOTWAWKI. 

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I wish there was a second part to the poll for "most like to visit" as well as "most like to live"

I'd definitely put the 30s or 40s to visit.

To live..   I'm not sure,   I've only experienced from the 80s onwards.

I think I would have liked to see the UK at the end of the empire in the peak of its wealth as a manufacturing heavy weight.

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I was thinking about this earlier, about how fashion in the west changed radically every ten years from 1900 to 1990, then appeared to come to a screeching halt and stick there. In short, grunge never left.

If you compare photos from thirty years ago and now, men are still wearing the same cargo-style shorts, oversized t-shirts and expensive trainers they were in 1990. The details may have changed but the silhouette is the same, with the exception of tactical/faux-military/SWAT shitwits on the march.

For women it's a total mishmash of the past century, ; the difference is in the details: multicolour hair, henna, tattoos, piercings, muffin-top bellies, what you get is exactly what it says on the tin (screechy, feminist man-haters) but the basic dress? Except for a few conservative hobbyist sempstresses, girls and women still dress like they did in 1990.

I don't know why things got stuck. I wonder about it a lot, but I think we have been in a Groundhog Day-style loop for thirty years.

A brief perusal below of what a diff a decade can make pre-1990, clickable list:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Western_fashion

Regarding the poll upthread, 90s were best for me personally, 80s overall in my lifetime. though the decade I would most like to inhabit if I were comfortable middle-class would be the ten years before WWI.

England was never more idyllic than in the time portrayed in the film A Room With a View. 

The solution (for me) was to build a Time Machine:

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1 minute ago, Libspero said:

I wish there was a second part to the poll for "most like to visit" as well as "most like to live"

I'd definitely put the 30s or 40s to visit.

To live..   I'm not sure,   I've only experienced from the 80s onwards.

I think I would have liked to see the UK at the end of the empire in the peak of its wealth as a manufacturing heavy weight.

Probably not such a nice view if you were on the factory floor....

All visits to history pre-1960s have to be as part of the elite, or they wouldn't generally be very nice!

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1 minute ago, swiss_democracy_for_all said:

Probably not such a nice view if you were on the factory floor....

All visits to history pre-1960s have to be as part of the elite, or they wouldn't generally be very nice!

Indeed,  hence visiting would be nice first.

I think you presume the worst though.  Life was hard for nearly everyone then,  but only terrible in sickness or abject poverty.

There would have been a lot of opportunity for adventure..  sail the high seas,  join the army and discover India and China.

It might have been quite a short life,  but I think it could have been a fairly exciting one if you so desired..

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We've had a 90s thread before. There's definitely a lot of nostalgia. I'm as bad as everyone else on that front. It's not so much that everything was great - more that anything was possible back then (in my younger years).

 

Objectively, from a Western perspective, it was pretty peaceful, the threat of nuclear war had diminished and we were dominant both socially and economically. So the 90s is a reasonable choice. 

Technology - basically smart phones and social media - does look like it is going to **** everything up in the short to medium term

 

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90s. It was a solid decade all around across culture (mass immigration only started '97), music, economics, technology etc. Since then things that have "improved" like technology have actually made our lives worse (nobody believes the "this will make your job easier" line anymore). I don't even know what 00's and 10's music can be summarised by? Gangster rap and Ed Sheeran presumably? 90s music I associate with great cheesy (but classic) dance/trance music and some good pop. I've enjoyed the highlights of music from every decade with the exception of the last 2, I still largely listen to 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s music now with only the odd bit of more recent stuff. Economics...less said the better on recent developments, living through the decline of the West in slow time basically. If todays culture is woke then the 90s was the last time you could guaranteed get away with calling a spade a spade.

 

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1 hour ago, Conniption said:

I was thinking about this earlier, about how fashion in the west changed radically every ten years from 1900 to 1990, then appeared to come to a screeching halt and stick there. In short, grunge never left.

If you compare photos from thirty years ago and now, men are still wearing the same cargo-style shorts, oversized t-shirts and expensive trainers they were in 1990. The details may have changed but the silhouette is the same, with the exception of tactical/faux-military/SWAT shitwits on the march.

For women it's a total mishmash of the past century, ; the difference is in the details: multicolour hair, henna, tattoos, piercings, muffin-top bellies, what you get is exactly what it says on the tin (screechy, feminist man-haters) but the basic dress? Except for a few conservative hobbyist sempstresses, girls and women still dress like they did in 1990.

I don't know why things got stuck. I wonder about it a lot, but I think we have been in a Groundhog Day-style loop for thirty years.

A brief perusal below of what a diff a decade can make pre-1990, clickable list:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Western_fashion

Regarding the poll upthread, 90s were best for me personally, 80s overall in my lifetime. though the decade I would most like to inhabit if I were comfortable middle-class would be the ten years before WWI.

England was never more idyllic than in the time portrayed in the film A Room With a View. 

The solution (for me) was to build a Time Machine:

vanniman.thumb.jpg.ca338fbf3278a20b1e74b10d965cf76f.jpg

Odd, I was about to post something similar. We've had complete cultural stasis since about 1995. If I turn the radio on now its exactly the same stuff as 25 years ago.

Up until the 90s, every decade was different. As you say, since the 90s it's been cultural groundhog day. 

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1 hour ago, Conniption said:

I was thinking about this earlier, about how fashion in the west changed radically every ten years from 1900 to 1990, then appeared to come to a screeching halt and stick there. In short, grunge never left.

If you compare photos from thirty years ago and now, men are still wearing the same cargo-style shorts, oversized t-shirts and expensive trainers they were in 1990. The details may have changed but the silhouette is the same, with the exception of tactical/faux-military/SWAT shitwits on the march.

For women it's a total mishmash of the past century, ; the difference is in the details: multicolour hair, henna, tattoos, piercings, muffin-top bellies, what you get is exactly what it says on the tin (screechy, feminist man-haters) but the basic dress? Except for a few conservative hobbyist sempstresses, girls and women still dress like they did in 1990.

I don't know why things got stuck. I wonder about it a lot, but I think we have been in a Groundhog Day-style loop for thirty years.

A brief perusal below of what a diff a decade can make pre-1990, clickable list:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Western_fashion

Regarding the poll upthread, 90s were best for me personally, 80s overall in my lifetime. though the decade I would most like to inhabit if I were comfortable middle-class would be the ten years before WWI.

England was never more idyllic than in the time portrayed in the film A Room With a View. 

The solution (for me) was to build a Time Machine:

vanniman.thumb.jpg.ca338fbf3278a20b1e74b10d965cf76f.jpg

Is there a flux capacitor behind the paper?

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