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    We don't really have a "Random History/Sociology" style thread... and these thoughts don't really fit better anywhere else... so...







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    In the 90s, our variety radio station used the tagline "the best music of the 70s, 80s, and 90s." After 2000, they switched to "the best music of the 80s, 90s, and today." I figured they'd change again in 2010, but it's 2017 and they're still saying "80s, 90s, and today." I hope radio survives long enough for us to find out how they deal with the 2020s.



    I noticed this but never really paid it any attention. There has been a shift in (at least in music) away from calling out the decade... has anyone noticed this elsewhere (other cultural phenomena)? Any thoughts on this? Are we trending away 'decade settings" or is this really just a case of "Aughts and Teens never stuck"?
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    For the future, it seems the difficulty might be that "The 20s" or "the 30s" also have meaning to people, referring to the 20th century. How do we clarify the difference? Those decades were not just geopolitically interesting, but also culturally. I really don't know what would work.

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    I think it's a combination of both the awkwardness of trying to say 'aughts' or something similar, and the broadening/vague-ifying trend of not having a decade-specific culture because it's changing faster than that and in larger ways. Seems almost as though a decade is too long for any sort of zeitgeist to stick, and it's maybe more along the 5-year trend, now, but that's just my observation.

    I have heard people identifying some stuff in music as "millennial", and that's not just music overall, but elements such as the "millennial whoop" (I think that's what it was called when I heard/read about it), and I'm sure there's other stuff. A good deal of other things seem to be identified with generational stuff now, especially when contrasting tastes/ideas/trends and suchlike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustrum_Ridcully View Post
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    For the future, it seems the difficulty might be that "The 20s" or "the 30s" also have meaning to people, referring to the 20th century. How do we clarify the difference? Those decades were not just geopolitically interesting, but also culturally. I really don't know what would work.
    2K20's?

    Early 20 cent?

    Yeah, it's a thing to wonder about. Interesting to see what shakes out. Maybe we'll (as a culture) stop identifying in "time bands" and re-embrace a more "genre centric" view.

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    I have heard people identifying some stuff in music as "millennial", and that's not just music overall, but elements such as the "millennial whoop" (I think that's what it was called when I heard/read about it), and I'm sure there's other stuff. A good deal of other things seem to be identified with generational stuff now, especially when contrasting tastes/ideas/trends and suchlike.
    Damn millennials need to get off my century!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nail bunny View Post
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    "time bands"... Victorian.

    You mean the time when Victoria was Queen of England?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eldorian View Post
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    You mean the time when Victoria was Queen of England?
    Ehhh... okay, so maybe that one didn't fit as well as it could have.

    But I'm fine with a long time period being a genre (like say Classical, Elizabethan, Victorian, etc) convention name as something to "go back to".
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