Quote of the Day:
“Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion. –Jack Kerouac
It came to my attention today that another decade is almost come and gone. It has been an eventful one, like most of them are, I suppose. But a question was posed to me earlier today–won’t we wonder, twenty years hence, what in the heck we were thinking as a culture when clips of a show like “Dancing With the Stars” gets showed on VHocho (and mocked as if she remembered it by some little hipster who is at this moment probably still in diapers)? Yep, I thought. We’ll be wondering. TB’ll be denying he ever watched the show, save under duress, but as a group, we’ll deserve the hazing. So I got to thinkin’, what else should we be ashamed of?
Looking back on the 80’s it was the mullets, the big bow-headed chicks and the Talibanesque clothing that seems so bad now. The 90’s still seem too fresh to be terribly embarrassed, but I already laugh at the giant cordless phones you see on shows like Seinfeld. There was that Billy Ray Cyrus song too. I can’t think of too much else on the 90’s that was so bad, at least not yet. Oh yeah, Zima, but I never drunk that crap.
Anyway, try to put yourself in that yet to be invented time machine and fast forward a couple of decades. What should we, the cosmic we that is, have thought the better of over the last 9 1/2 in the world of pop culture? “Dancin” is just one of many reality shows and I think we’ll be sorry for that genre altogether. Computers are getting smaller so I imagine this sleek, beautiful, lightnin’ quick Mac will be just another grotesque paperweight to the next generation. I hope we are laughing at ourselves by then that we ever drove cars that got 18 miles per gallon of gas, better yet that we are laughing at our use of the internal combustion engine at all. I definitely think we will be unable to explain why Paris Hilton became a household name–same goes for Brittany Spears and Jessica Simpson. This ain’t a politics thread (MD) but I think it stands to reason a bunch of us are gonna have egg on our faces over the debate on global warming come 2029. I’m not saying here which side, but by then there ought not be much left to discuss on that issue. We guys will have to try and explain to the kids why there was no college football playoff in addition to what in the hell the “BCS” was. In the tech world I think we’ll laugh at the My Space/Facebook/Twitter fads, and undoubtedly, some of us will be at a loss as to why we thought having a blog was such a damn good idea. But TB’s forte is looking to the past, not forward. My crystal ball is cloudy, so how about a little help on this one. Honestly, right now, I’m not that embarrassed by anything I’ve thought about, except maybe the bloggin, but then again, I thought that mullet in my tenth grade picture was pretty dang sweet too. At the time.