There is a meme going around on social media that is too profane for me to post on here as this is a family friendly site, but I am sure you are all familiar with it. It has a picture of a classic film star or musician next to one of someone (or something) that has gained popularity here in the 21st century. The caption reads “Men (or Women) What the (bleep) Happened?”
It means to deliver the message that at one time we were classy people with classy taste, and these days…well, not so much.
Do you believe this is true? Or are we clinging to a romanticized view of what we think society was like in the decades before most of us came into being?
Society’s Fashion Sense
One thing is perfectly clear to me: our fashion sense has gone way down hill in the past several decades. In the 1920s, women scandalized “polite” society by showing a bit of knee. The old Victorians who reprimanded young women for short hemlines would probably really throw a hissy if they saw half the stuff people go around wearing these days.
Anything goes in 21st century fashion. And normally that means being as casual and comfortable as possible. That is OK, I suppose, even though I do yearn for the days when men wore suits and ties. Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you I have a thing about bow ties, newsboy caps, and plus fours. (Yes, plus fours definitely need to make a comeback. They’re sexy.)
I’m a bit sick of seeing jeans and a t-shirt and messy hair. “Bed head” *BLEURGH*
Stupidity Has Become Socially Acceptable
While there is (unfortunately) nothing I can do about society’s taste in clothing, I do hope that I can do something to eradicate the ever-growing popularity of stupidity in this society.
It is one thing to be ignorant, but a whole other thing to be completely stupid. Look at some of the most popular videos on YouTube. They are usually of young people doing completely stupid (and often dangerous) stunts. And every summer, people become engrossed in “reality” television, which is full of stupid people doing and saying stupid things for the world to see..and get rewarded for it with large cash prizes.
And it’s not just reality television that rewards people for stupidity. It’s society in general. When you hear of schools taking basic grammar lessons out of the curriculum, and see txt speak finding its way into term papers on a subject entirely researched on Wikipedia, then you start to worry that the size of the human brain might be shrinking.
I know this looks terribly pompous of me, but you know what? I don’t care. I just had to get this out of my system this morning, and I hope there is someone out there who will agree with me. I’m sure I can find at least one or two people.
Is there anything else that annoys you about society? What is it? And how do you think we can go about changing it?