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Jason California
07-05-2009, 09:53 AM
I do.

In my mind the 80s are a much more colorful, happy, and simpler time. When I listen to music, watch movies or what not from this era I get all nostalgic about times gone by when the world was a nicer place. I know this is not the case, just like the 50s were not this golden age in American culture either, but it makes me feel better to think so.

Spidey616
07-05-2009, 09:56 AM
Where's a Deloreon when you need one? :surrend:

Joe Kalicki
07-05-2009, 09:56 AM
I absolutely do.

Treacle
07-05-2009, 10:06 AM
My parents have never, ever idealized the 50's.

I don't remember much about the 80's, but I do know the cartoons were awesome.

http://i591.photobucket.com/albums/ss352/StockingsAddict/jemandtheholograms.jpg

John Drake
07-05-2009, 10:10 AM
I probably idealize the 90's.

Jason California
07-05-2009, 10:11 AM
My parents have never, ever idealized the 50's.

I don't remember much about the 80's, but I do know the cartoons were awesome.

http://i591.photobucket.com/albums/ss352/StockingsAddict/jemandtheholograms.jpg


it was more of a generality.

Master Jack Rabbitt
07-05-2009, 10:11 AM
Yup. And the nineties to a lesser extent.

Treacle
07-05-2009, 10:12 AM
it was more of a generality.

I understand.

That was just a friendly, obtuse reminder that the 50's sucked for a lot of people. :)

GrandeMaestro F√ľnke
07-05-2009, 10:12 AM
I probably idealize the 90's.

Same here. Although I'm with Treacle on the cartoons.

Joe Kalicki
07-05-2009, 10:16 AM
My life was never better than it was in the 80s.

I already posted in the MFP thread about how 1989 was the defining year of my life.

Hate_Prime
07-05-2009, 10:21 AM
it was more of a generality.

Generally, the world is better now. But I'll give the 80's the advantage on popular music.

Hate_Prime
07-05-2009, 10:27 AM
50's america rocked if you were white. Just like now, I guess.

Jason California
07-05-2009, 10:31 AM
I understand.

That was just a friendly, obtuse reminder that the 50's sucked for a lot of people. :)

gotcha, and I don't know if you tried to respond after my last pm last night, but my inbox was full.


My life was never better than it was in the 80s.

I already posted in the MFP thread about how 1989 was the defining year of my life.

Dude, you were 9.


Generally, the world is better now. But I'll give the 80's the advantage on popular music.


A very good example of it is the Gross Point Blank Soundtrack.

Joe Kalicki
07-05-2009, 10:34 AM
Dude, you were 9.


I can't think of a single year that had a greater effect on me.

Well, except 1980.

MAK15
07-05-2009, 10:38 AM
I probably idealize the 90's.

kick-ass cartoons could be found in the 90's.

The Tick, EEK! the Cat and the Terrible Thunder Lizards, Spider-Man, Earthworm Jim, Pinky and the Brain...

Treacle
07-05-2009, 10:44 AM
gotcha, and I don't know if you tried to respond after my last pm last night, but my inbox was full.

I did try. I'll try again later if your box is cleared out. :)

HoldFastNow
07-05-2009, 10:53 AM
kick-ass cartoons could be found in the 90's.

The Tick, EEK! the Cat and the Terrible Thunder Lizards, Spider-Man, Earthworm Jim, Pinky and the Brain...

Batman: TAS!

MAK15
07-05-2009, 11:00 AM
Batman: TAS!

aww, yeah!

Ashwin Pande
07-05-2009, 11:10 AM
You people are crazy.

Today is so much better.

Do you even remember how hard it was to get porn in the 80s and 90s? Now I can get porn at the click of a button. All the porn I want. All free. All the time. 24/7. Streaming High-Definition porn.

Today kicks ass.

Rod Nunley
07-05-2009, 11:50 AM
You people are crazy.

Today is so much better.

Do you even remember how hard it was to get porn in the 80s and 90s? Now I can get porn at the click of a button. All the porn I want. All free. All the time. 24/7. Streaming High-Definition porn.

Today kicks ass.

Word.

Garth
07-05-2009, 12:38 PM
I have never thought the 80s were all that great, personally. Granted, I was born in 81, so I missed out on the true culture of that decade, but I've always thought there was quite a bit of lameness.

TRILL, THE CARBON BASED LIFEFORM
07-05-2009, 12:55 PM
No. I think nostalgia is one of the lamest ideas ever invented by humanity.

Supajoe
07-05-2009, 12:56 PM
:lol: i love the smug in this thread.

Ashwin Pande
07-05-2009, 01:00 PM
Also in the 80s and 90s you actually had to write letters, go down to the mailbox and send those fuckers out.

Now? Click, type, send. And I don't even have to get off my ass or take a bath to go out non-smelly!

Technology, people. It's fantastic.

leviathan
07-05-2009, 01:03 PM
I idealize the period between 1995 and 1999. Very specific I know, but every single song I find myself humming at weird moments, every single movie I've seen a half dozen times, every single one of my favourite shows all started during this time period.

Honestly, those were the best years of my life come to think of it.

Corwin: Bear Fighter
07-05-2009, 01:18 PM
I idealize my childhood more than the decade itself. That's just old fashioned nostalgia right there.
My parents never once idealized the era of their upbringing (they were born in '61 so they missed the 50s, so they'd be idealizing the late '60s/early '70s). The most you'll get out of my dad is nostalgia brought on by catching an episode of Kolchak, most likely. Neither of them is much for nostalgia anymore. I guess they grew out of it? (if that's even a fair way to put it)

Kedd
07-05-2009, 01:24 PM
In my eyes the 80's were dirty and drug fueled. I was also at my happiest then.
Possiby related, but probably not.

The Zevad
07-05-2009, 02:38 PM
Shit was simpler cause I was a kid. I don't idealize the 80's. There's tons of shit I wish I could have done. But really all my trauma started when I was what is it called now a 'tween. It went to hell when Puberty hit. Awwwww yeah. When I turned 13 that's when I truly learned missery. Up until I turned 13 I was okay. Hmm 1991. Yeah the 80's were easier on me. The 90's...well that's a whole nother bit of shit.

Kirblar
07-05-2009, 02:40 PM
I loathe the '80s.

RebootedCorpse
07-05-2009, 02:41 PM
I lived in the 1980's, became an adult in the 1980s. While I had a great time, the 1980s in general sucked ass.

Jef UK
07-05-2009, 03:34 PM
Not me.

David Aspmo
07-05-2009, 03:50 PM
One kind of strange thing that happens to me is, even though I wasn't reading comics back then (so there shouldn't be any direct nostalgia), whenever I read a comic from '84-'86, it takes me back to that time.

Dusto
07-05-2009, 04:16 PM
No. I think nostalgia is one of the lamest ideas ever invented by humanity.

I used to think that, but, looking back, nostalgia was actually pretty great.

Kirblar
07-05-2009, 04:25 PM
I used to think that, but, looking back, nostalgia was actually pretty great.
It was better before Veidt changed the formula.

Humphrey_Lee
07-05-2009, 04:30 PM
I don't. Except for a few fun movies like Ghostbusters, a handful of comics like Watchmen, and some of the punk bands I listen to, I could really take it or leave it and honestly think most of the stuff to come out of it is kind of banal. Way too much style over substance. Just, way too much...

usagi20
07-05-2009, 04:31 PM
One kind of strange thing that happens to me is, even though I wasn't reading comics back then (so there shouldn't be any direct nostalgia), whenever I read a comic from '84-'86, it takes me back to that time.

I must admit, I do enjoy reading back issues that I missed from that period, more than I enjoy new comics most of the time. And I'm not sure if the stories and art are actually better, or if I'm just nostalgic for the time in my life when I first started earning my own money and didn't have to depend (at least not entirely) on my parents for comic book money.

NickT
07-05-2009, 04:32 PM
Also in the 80s and 90s you actually had to write letters, go down to the mailbox and send those fuckers out.

Now? Click, type, send. And I don't even have to get off my ass or take a bath to go out non-smelly!

Technology, people. It's fantastic.
I still write letters. So do lots of people, as evidenced by the still-existence of post boxes, postal services and letterboxes :)


Also, the fact that there is good stuff now doesn't mean that every other time period wasn't good.





The eighties had good TV, movies and music and I fondly remember being a kid, so I like that period :)

HoneyDippinDan
07-05-2009, 04:43 PM
The 80's sucked except for the cartoons. I went to my mom's house yesterday and saw school pictures of myself and all I could thing of was "God, I dressed like a dork back then."

The 90's rules. Bill Clinton, grunge rock (well, music in general, all my favorite bands are from that era), The Monday Night Wars (if you are a pro wrestling fan), MTV had decent shows (i.e. something other than badly scripted "reality" shows), all great stuff.

BTW, I found one of the best things ever recently with MTV. On MTV2, they have a show called "2 Legit". It takes a bunch of their great shows from the 90's (i.e. Beavis and Butthead, The State, Liquid Television, music videos from the era) and mixed them all together in one show. Everything is in 3-4 minute segments, where they switch from one show to the next. It's the ultimate stoner show. Great for those times when you have no attention span but you are feeling to lazy to search for stuff on other channels.

EmarAndZeb
07-05-2009, 09:57 PM
I like a lot of music and pop cultural shit from the 80's (although frankly I was too young to appreciate anything but the cartoons when I was actually living during the time period), but the time period itself seems like it was pretty lousy on most social, political, and economic fronts. And frankly most of the music/pop culture was pretty shitty too, except now I have the internet and can research only intensely obscure parts of it that I like without having to work very hard, so it looks like it was better than it actually was.

So, no, I don't think I idealize the 80's.

Ahmed
07-05-2009, 11:44 PM
The 80s for me was all about Michael Jackson, Madonna, Thundercats and He-Man. I always wanted studded finger gloves too. Spying on my teenage cousin and her friends through the key hole, as they put product in their hair, applied too much make up and talked about boys. Good times.

Masculine Todd
07-05-2009, 11:50 PM
I was only two and a half when the '80s ended, so no.

Pia Guerra
07-06-2009, 12:02 AM
There was a lot I enjoyed back then: seeing Raiders, Ghostbusters and Wrath of Khan at the 401 Drive-In, getting swept off by some sweet comics, and even now hearing Major Tom Coming home makes my heart swell (and damn that fucking car company for bastardizing it in their ads)...but there was a lot of suck as well. Saw this the other day and it pretty much summed up the things that made me feel icky about the whole decade: http://www.avclub.com/articles/you-know-something-whoopi-it-would-be-a-blast-if-m,29809/

It was so plastic and fake and weird. The hair and make-up was awful. The clothes were bizarre. Socially it was a mess with homophobia, sexism and racism and well, Reagan.

I much prefer today. I love the advances we've made, socially, technologically... it's just a more interesting time.

stevapalooza
07-06-2009, 01:23 AM
Nah. It was the fact that I was a kid in the 80's that made the 80's great, not the 80's themselves.

Basketball Jesus
07-06-2009, 04:29 AM
There were some great things in the 80's and I think that the fragmentation of the mass media audience via cable and the internet has led to the loss of really universal shared experiences but, no, I'll take internet porn and the Xbox 360, thanks.

The Cable Guy
07-06-2009, 06:42 AM
The 80's rocked! Good music, classic movies, great times, and this....

http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv178/Vadecus/MSHSecretWars1.gif