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Started by Eligelis on Jun 12, 2019 11:46:19 AM
The 1990s - as good as it is ever going to get?

It's been nearly 20 years since the 1990s finished. I think - like many - that d-ream had it right, and things could ... Well, you know.

Then came the next 19 years, and here we all are. Looking back, was the 1990s an apogee, which we have been backing away from ever since?

I'm not necessarily thinking in terms of personal comfort, more in our progress as a society and outlook. The future seems so much bleaker these days.

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tasselhoff - 12 Jun 2019 12:13:27 (#1 of 126)

The Matrix thought so.

Catspyjamas17 - 12 Jun 2019 12:13:57 (#2 of 126)

For those of us who were aged between 15 and 25 in the 90s, yes!

Though I have no wish to repeat my youth and actually quite like being nearly in my mid 40s.

For society, I don't know, some things are better, some things are worse, some things are different, some things are the same, the world turns, humans do stupid and awful things, humans do lovely and brilliant things. Humans may not exist in 50-100 years and the planet may be better for it.

TheVoiceOfReason - 12 Jun 2019 12:19:17 (#3 of 126)

End of the Cold War. No more threat of nuclear annihilation. The end of history. The beginnings of the Internet. No Islamic terrorist nutters. A real sense of optimism as the new century approached. It was a wonderful time.

xDiggy - 12 Jun 2019 12:20:56 (#4 of 126)

Watching the election results in 1997 my dad said that they would never be so good again, and of course he was right. Couldn't have predicted even in 2010 just how bad things would become though.

TRaney - 12 Jun 2019 12:22:18 (#5 of 126)

The fundamentally preposterous rock band The Darkness came to mind for some reason this morning. It was a bit later but that kind of silliness seems so long ago.

widenation - 12 Jun 2019 12:24:05 (#6 of 126)

I went to a Jo Whiley DJ set night recently (not my choice) and was reminded how crap a lot of the music was.

moto748 - 12 Jun 2019 12:26:14 (#7 of 126)

But still much better than the 80s.

TommyDGNR8 - 12 Jun 2019 12:30:28 (#8 of 126)

Don't be ridiculous.

Bonusy - 12 Jun 2019 12:34:41 (#9 of 126)

No Islamic terrorist nutters

We did have Christian ones operating in the UK though, the Omagh bombing was 1998

widenation - 12 Jun 2019 12:41:27 (#10 of 126)

There was Satanic panic in the early 90s I recall. Or maybe was that late 80s.

TommyDGNR8 - 12 Jun 2019 12:45:10 (#11 of 126)

Three times more "terror" deaths in the UK in the 1990s than in the whole 21st century so far.

Eligelis - 12 Jun 2019 12:57:37 (#12 of 126)

And yet by the end of the decade we had the Good Friday Agreement, which felt like light at the end of a long dark tunnel.

Eligelis - 12 Jun 2019 13:00:22 (#13 of 126)

And that's sort of my point: many actions in the 90s contributed to a hopeful view of what could come next. As Patrick says above, it felt like the end of history; and maybe the beginning of a future folk were yearning for.

Macpaddy - 12 Jun 2019 13:03:55 (#14 of 126)

Ask people in their seventies and eighties to pick the best decade and the 1960's wins every time.

GreenFuture - 12 Jun 2019 13:06:27 (#15 of 126)

Diana RIP

widenation - 12 Jun 2019 13:06:54 (#16 of 126)

Pre-budget airline. It cost a fortune to fly anywhere (perhaps for good reason).

Macpaddy - 12 Jun 2019 13:09:29 (#17 of 126)

Ask people in their seventies and eighties to pick the best decade and the 1960's wins every time.

hailesaladdie - 12 Jun 2019 13:09:34 (#18 of 126)

> Pre-budget airline. It cost a fortune to fly anywhere (perhaps for good reason).

You could find cheap flights - you had to buy "bucket" seats on charter airlines, which involved phoning round a whole bunch of agents. I managed to get a return to Treviso for £29 in the mid-90s.

darkhorse - 12 Jun 2019 13:11:16 (#19 of 126)

Ask people in their seventies and eighties to pick the best decade and the 1960's wins every time.

They have a tendency to repeat themselves, the forgetful old buggers.

therealquill - 12 Jun 2019 13:13:41 (#20 of 126)

>> The Matrix thought so.

HA, so it did!

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