Saturday, April 13, 2013

Some Of The Greatest Things From 'Back In The Day.'

“It was 1970- something In the world that I grew up in Farrah Fawcett hair-do days

Bell bottoms and 8-track tapes...."

From the song "19 somethin", by Mark Wills

We’ve all heard the song…..except in the 1970’s you might have been listening to the Bee Gees, Donna Summer or John Denver, Kenny Rogers or Crystal Gale, watching the Brady Bunch, driving your Camaro, playing Space Invaders  it sure was groovy “back in the day”.  Can you dig it?

So strong are our childhood memories that there’s a common bond among those who grew up in the same decade, even within a ten year range.  Always an ice breaker topic of conversation at a bar or nightclub, first date, etc., Who among us cannot remember the imprint left by the generation in which we came of age?  In this case, we’re talking about the 1970s; there was a continuation of social progressive values that started in the 1960s, such as increasing political awareness, along with political and economic freedoms for women.  The hippie culture was fading and there was a large increase in environmentalism.  Tom Wolfe coined this decade “The Me Decade”.

Television was in color and started to move away from family sitcoms and rural type programs to more socially contemporary shows.  We ate frozen pizza in front of our color TV (if we were lucky), watching the Brady Bunch then followed by the Partridge Family, and that was our Friday night entertainment. Fast forward a few years and reality TV such as American Idol is popular, along with crime dramas such as NCIS, or medical dramas such as Grey’s Anatomy.

The incredible changes that have taken place from “back in the day”, 1970s until the current decade, are incredible.  Technology has grown to the point that television, movies, music, cars and computers are unrecognizable compared to 40 or so years ago. Consider cell phones, iPods, ipads, notebooks, flat screen televisions.  Video game consoles such as Wii or Nintendo have all but replaced arcade machines. The music of this generation has been incredibly influenced by the ability to instantly purchase and download songs from the internet, on sites like iTunes, for immediate access.  YouTube videos and music videos in general enable us to express ourselves, and enjoy music and entertainment of all kinds. Social media such as Facebook and Twitter has entirely changed the way we communicate, understand and interpret today’s reality.

It is truly a brave new world.  “Back in the day of the 1970s” seems light-years away, however the common bond of our childhood experiences and memories has helped us ground ourselves and remember from whence we have come!
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Heather B loves to write about how technology has improved over the years. She enjoys comparing different time periods in her writing.

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