Manager of the Goth IHOP
True & Honest Fan
- Feb 19, 2017
Why the sheer obsession with the 2000s? It's time to move on.
The 2000's was a lot better than the 2010's or 2020
But on a more serious note, a lot of cultural ideas from the 2000's might come back in the 2020's because of the nostalgia cycles running roughly on a 20-25 year loop and it spills over into the wider culture.
Like in the 70's, there was the big 50's nostalgia wave that brought us stuff like Happy Days and Grease plus a lot of fashions and music from the 50's came back into the mainstream for a while.
The 90's gave us a burst of nostalgia for the 70's, with stuff like Boogie Nights, That 70's Show, and the return of Scooby-Doo and Star Wars as franchises but also in more sincere ways like lava lamps and tie-dye being popular among teens and twenty-somethings along with rave culture being intended as a then-modern revival of the disco culture plus the fact that grunge, nu-metal, goths, skater boys, and mall goths all tried to genuinely ape the late 70's punk scene to various degrees.
The 2000's and 2010's have mainly been fixated on 1980's nostalgia and some early 90's stuff as well. One of the biggest signs is the constant remakes, reboots, and unwarranted sequels to big name IP's from the 80's (Ghostbusters, She-Ra, MLP, Voltron) and shows that attempt to be a pastiche of 1980's pop culture.
Stranger Things, Young Sheldon, The Carrie Diaries, and Hot Tub Time Machine are for 80's nostalgia in the 2010's what Grease and Happy Days were for 50's nostalgia in the 70's.
Odds are that we'll probably see a similar thing with the late 90's and the early-mid 2000's in the 2020's as that wave of nostalgia kicks in and it'll probably spill over into the wider current pop culture of the 2020's, especially if we see a wider genuine backlash against woke culture that's more apolitical in nature.