Where is the "pop" in pop culture
Where is the “pop” in pop culture? What happened to it? Where did it go???
Last night I was feeling nostalgic, so I popped in my old (and I mean old) vhs tape of “Valley Girl” starring a very young Nicolas Cage. Yes, I came of age in the crazy 80’s, and I remember them fondly. I think they were the last “fun” decade, and we are in dire need of one (listen up all you kiddies who will be teens in 2020…we need another “roaring 20’s”). The 90’s were all about grunge, depression and coffee…the “naughty oughties” were anything but. Yes, American Idol was fun, but in the George W. Bush decade, we were all too squeaky clean to really get down and wild. So, anyway, on with my rant. The 80’s were the last decade of true “pop” culture, that means there was a certain innocence about that sexy and crazy time. In a pre 9/11 world (which also put a huge damper on the naughty oughties, of course) people seemed to have a more care-free attitude about the world and each other. The 80’s were free, hot and (dare I say it) all about sex, drugs and rock & roll. Ok, so I compare the 80’s to the 60’s with glitter lip gloss, but that was the reckless and fun attitude of the times. People were not afraid to express themselves in a Madonna-esque world. There were scandals back then (real ones, too….not the pr ‘I’ve got a movie to promote’ fabricated ones…we can see right through that.) and of course, wars big and small raged or were being planned worldwide, but still there was an air of optimism and carefree fun-seeking. New technologies were rapidly emerging, and fashion trends seemed limitless and, despite the gloom and doom of “Reaganomics”, it was actually a very prosperous time in America.
Anyway, as a new decade approaches with a cautious feeling of hope and optimism, I feel that we are in dire need of a ‘fun’ decade! Come on, pop-culture, give us another Madonna or some new “hair bands”, something for us to sink our teeth into. We need some pop in our pop culture!
Until next time, have fun.
Lindy S. Hudis