Lali ho! Been having a bit of a discussion with Heather this morning about modern society, actually sparked by a comment on one of my blogs about Destiny Angel from Captain Scarlett (and me having to explain who Destiny Angel was), oddly enough. She's a bit jaded by the number of idiotic 'chavs' at the festival that were ruining her buzz, and she suggests that life has been gradually getting worse since about the mid sixties. Now, there are aspects of modern life which I despise, but I'm not 100% certain I agree with her on this one. So to settle this debate, I thought the best thing for it would be a second opinion. I am therefore posting the evidence for both sides of the debate and you post your thoughts on the matter. I did think of posting this as a blog, but to me a blog is largely for reporting on the events of one's life, whereas this would be more of an open discussion. If it belongs in blogs then so be it. Well, onwards to glory. 1) Historical events. Heather volunteers that the last couple of decades have been a bit short of noteworthy scientific advancements and events in comparison to previous eras. What do you think? Her arguement is that ever since man landed on the moon, we've not really achieved anything truly on the same level. While I agree that the space program has been pissed away ever since, I wouldn't necessarily say we've been devoid of achievement. First black president of the US symbolising that the racist attitudes of old aren't dead but they're on the ropes as everyone has the chance to prosper. We'll never fully destroy racism but we've beaten it back a long way. A truly great moment for humanity, when the right man for the job was selected based on suitability and not his skin tone. On the other hand I can kinda see what she's going at. What are the other major events in the last few years? 9/11 and other terrorist activities, the wars in Iraq and Afganistan which are at best dubious in nature, the death of Princess Diana (I wish people would shut up about it, she wasn't exactly on for curing cancer, was she?), global warming, natural disasters and bird flu. It's all been negative for years. Compared to moments like the fall of the Berlin Wall, walking on the moon, the invention of lasers which has revolutionised technology by allowing us to use CDs, etc, we don't really have many positive memories. Opinions? 2) Music. Now this one I'm sorry to say seems to go all in favour of Heather. She says that music has been almost entirely crap for the last few years. And...I can't beat that. While we certainly have some good songs here and there, we won't look back at any of them in 20 years and think 'wow, they were awesome'. Compared to legends like the Beatles, the glory days of Michael Jackson before he decided to become his own waxwork scuplture under intense studio lights, the invention of rock and roll, Elvis, etc. What do we have to offer from this generation? The Pussycat Dolls? N-Dubz? What will we remember? We don't have a Woodstock for this generation, really. If you can prove me wrong, please do. And while I can appreciate that music is now more diverse than ever, I think the point still stands. 3) Movies and other entertainment. Compare the release of Star Wars to the 'dark' and 'gritty' paint by numbers cloned movies we see these days. Not really much of a contest, really. Books I suppose takes it to a draw since we've had the rise of Harry Potter, even if a lot of books in the charts these days are 'touching' dramas called 'Daddy, no!'. Games is kind of a draw IMHO as while graphics are certainly improved and we can tell much grander stories now, we seem to be heading down the slippery path of half-arsed games again like the legendary crash. A bit too much of the clone brush around these days if you ask me, too many 'gritty' power armoured space marines killing zombies from behind chest high walls. We get it, Gears of War was great. Care to come up with a new idea instead of just copying it ad nauseum? 4) Style. Everyone is free to express themselves these days. We've got goths, emos, chavs, tarts, Essex Slappers, etc. Everyone has their own style, and while we may not agree with them (the chav obsession with burbary pissed me off) we can at least see how the freedom we have here is something to be praised. I was actually going to post two images here. One of a girl in the colourful flowery clothes of the 60's and another of the tracksuit wearing chavs of today, but unfortunatly google is being a whore right now and only giving me 5 images out of the 2.8 million it claims to have found. Dunno what happened there. So you'll just have to use your imagination. But to me the 60's and 70's had a more defined sense of style. The hair, the colours, the clothes. It just seems more appealing to me. But what do you think? 5) Youth Culture. Ah, the big one. Now I'm not saying that the kids of the past were perfectly behavied golden children. I'm sure teenagers have been twats since we first stood upright. But it just seems a lot worse today. Knife crime, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, and plain old basic stupidity. Maybe it's just part of where I live but the kids in my area all seem to be about as sharp as a toilet brush. It seems much more prominant now than it did in my childhood. But what do you think? Overall, given the choice, when would you rather be living? Today's age of technology where shellsuited kids might stab you for your iPhone, or the old days where you're in a riot of colour but you might get sent to Vietnam?