As you can tell from my username I live and die by the 90s and believe it to be the greatest decade in human history. One of the reasons I do is because I was born in 89 and was blessed to be a kid during the 90s and that's why many people have fond memories of it and yearn for it to return. A lot of people believe that the 90s were only great to be a kid and believe that if those same kids had been adults during it, it wouldn't be so great, but I emphatically disagree. By comparing the 90s to the 00s/10s I can almost unilaterally say that 75% of young adults AND old adults would gladly welcome the 90s back with open arms. Allow me to compare the 2 decades so far in each category. I'll start with being an adult and the world in general during the 90s.
Let's start off with one of the most important topics. The Economy.
Economy of the 90s - 23 Million new jobs created in the span of 1993-2000. A record surplus of $237 Billion, the largest in history. Average income was increased by $6,338. An unemployment rate that remained slightly under or slightly above 4.0%. The lowest inflation rate since the early 60s and the largest decrease of the poverty rate ever recorded.
Economy of the 2000s - 8.5 Million jobs lost in the span of 2002-2011. A record deficit of $510 Billion. An unemployment rate that rose to 10.0% and remains steady at 8% or slightly lower. The highest number of Americans without health insurance. The highest increase in poverty in the last 15 years. (Just to prove I'm not trying to make a political argument here, both Bush AND Obama are at fault for this).
Average price of Gasoline in the 90s - $1.02 Average price of Gasoline in the 00s/10s - $3.80
World Affairs in the 90s - Gulf War, Rwanda Genocide, Bosnian Civil War World Affairs in the 00s/10s - Iraq War, Afghanistan War, Syrian War, Libyan War, Egyptian Protests.
Enemies of the U.S. in the 90s - Iraq, Libya Enemies of the U.S. in the 00/10s - Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, North Korea, Syria
Domestic Disasters in the U.S. 90s - Oklahoma City Bombing, Colombine, Waco Siege, L.A. Riots Domestic Disasters in the U.S. 00/10s - 9/11, Anthrax Scare, Sandy Hook, Virgina Tech, Aurora, Colorado, Tuscon, Arizona
Natural Disasters in the U.S. 90s - Hurricane Andrew, El Nino, Northridge Earthquake, Natural Disasters in the U.S. 00/10s - Hurricane Katrina, Oklahoma Tornadoes, Alabama Tornadoes, Ice Storm of 09, California and Arizona Wildfires
Other Derogatives in the 90s - Racism, Homophobia, Other Derogatives in the 00/10s - Soccer moms, religious right, neoconservative, right wing extremists, political correctness, war on Christmas, racism, homophobia, sexism (I know all existed before but were in wide ranges in this span)
Sports in the 90s - Michael Jordan, Bulls Dynasty, Cowboys Dynasty, Late 90s Yankees Dynasty, John Elway, Bo Jackson, Charles Barkley, Derek Jeter, Hakeem Olajuwon, Dennis Rodman, Larry Bird (early 90s), Magic Johnson (early 90s), tougher NBA, tougher NFL, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Wayne Gretzky (played in the 90s too), Shaq, Duke Blue Devils, Kentucky Wildcats, More brutal UFC, David Beckham, McGwire/Sosa HR Chase Sports in the 00/10s - Softer NBA, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Decline of MLB, Steroid Scandal, Rise of UFC, Tim Tebow, Death of Dale Earnhardt, Jimmie Johnson. Notice the decline of sports in the 00/10s with the exception of the NFL, which has seen record ratings.
Now we move on to Pop Culture where being a kid and an adult in the 90s was vastly superior.
Cartoons of the 90s - Doug, Rugrats, Ren and Stimpy, Rocko's Modern Life, AAGGHH Real Monsters, Hey Arnold, SpongeBob Squarepants (pre-movie), CatDog, Angry Beavers, Kablam, Captain Planet, TaleSpin, Darkwing Duck, Ducktales, Gargoyles, Bonkers, TMNT (started in the 80s, exploded in the 90s), The Simpsons, Beavis and Butt-head, South Park, Family Guy (when it was funny), Futurama, South Park, Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Spider-Man, X-Men, DragonBall Z, Cow and Chicken, Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Powerpuff Girls, Ed, Edd, and Eddy, Bobby's World, Garfield and Friends, Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, Freakazoid, Swat Kats, Beast Wars, Reboot, The Tick, Space Ghost Coast to Coast. Cartoons in the 00/10s (good cartoons that is) - Billy and Mandy, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Codename Kids Next Door, Adventure Time, Regular Show, Venture Bros, Archer, Ugly Americans. Now on to the bad cartoons, 90s: Angela Anaconda, Butt Ugly Martians, 00/10s: Annoying Orange, Beware the Batman, Ultimate Spider-Man, Johnny Test, Family Guy, Cleveland Show, Bob's Burgers, Ren and Stimpy Adult Cartoon, Brickleberry, Drawn Together, Squidbillies,
Adult TV in the 90s - Seinfeld, Friends, X-Files, Married with Children, Full House, Family Matters, Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, Twin Peaks, Law and Order, NYPD Blue, ER, Dawson's Creek, Frasier, Everybody Loves Raymond, Will and Grace, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Buffy, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Oz. Adult TV in the 00s/10s - Walking Dead, True Blood, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Lost, Dexter. Now to the death of Television - Honey Boo Boo, Kardashians, Duck Dynasty, Housewives, Fear Factor, Jersey Shore, Teen Mom, Sweet 16, VH1 Reality.
Sketch Comedy in the 90s - SNL Bad Boys Era, All That, In Living Color, MadTV, Kids in the Hall, Whose Line is it Anyway Sketch Comedy in the 00/10s -........
Children's Television in the 90s - Barney and Friends, Sesame Street, Teletubbies, Eureeka's Castle, Blue's Clues, Bear in the Big Blue House, Gullah Gullah Island, Little Bear, Arthur, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, Dora the Explorer, Bob the Builder Children's Television in the 00/10s - Handy Manny, I got nothing else lol.
Music in the 90s - Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Metallica, Semisonic, Matchbox 20, Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, Brittany Spears, tons more. Music in the 00/10s - Justin Bieber, One Direction, Nickie Minaj, Jay-Z, Kanye West. You know you prefer the boy bands of the 90s to all this crap lol.
Sports Entertainment in the 90s - WWF, WCW, ECW, Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Mick Foley, Triple H, Attitude Era, NWO Sports Entertainment in the 00/10s - Brock Lesnar, Eddie Guerrero, Kurt Angle, ROH, TNA. Now onto the bad - PG, John Cena, death of professional wrestling.
Video Games in the 90s - SNES, NES, Sega Genesis, Sony Playstation, N64, Super Mario Bros. 3, Ocarina of Time, Mortal Kombat, Doom, Street Fighter, Tomb Raider, Tekken, Duke Nukem, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, Twisted Metal, Gran Turismo, Ridge Racer, Resident Evil, Metal Gear Solid Video Games in the 00/10s - Halo, Xbox, PS2, Gamecube, Call of Duty, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360
Comic Books: Now I know when it comes to comic books in the 90s, it's understandable that it gets a bad rep, but you have to think about what it did for the comic book market. First there were more comics sold in the 90s then any other decade, yes it was because of the collector boom but it was still a boom nonetheless. Now on to the books themselves, there were 2 groundbreaking stories that shot comic books into mainstream news. First, The Death of Superman featuring Superman dying at the hands of the monstrous Doomsday. This story is one of the most important storylines in comics history if not the most important. First it showed that EVERY superhero can be vulnerable, even the almighty Superman himself. This story sent shockwaves in the comic world that have not been seen since. The second story was Batman: Knightfall, which featured Batman being crippled by the methodical Bane. This story showed how even a hero as precise and calculating as Batman can be beaten and broken down to his lowest level. Together these two stories showed how even the most powerful and articulate heroes can be beaten, showing comic readers around the world the grim truth that even heroes can lose. Also some of the greatest comic books ever came out in the 90s such as Kingdom Come, Long Halloween, The Authority, Preacher, Sin City, Hellboy, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
As far as Fashion is concerned. Air Jordans are the highest selling brand of shoe in the world while Crocks continue to be the most hideous brand of footwear ever conceived. I can't elaborate on the fashion side just that I'd rather wear a Starter jacket, with LA Lights shoes, and a pair of Guess jeans than crocks, an Ed Hardy shirt, and Jeggings any day of the week.
As far as technology goes. Almost every form of modern technology we use now came from the 90s such as PDA, GPS, WI-FI, IM, and MP3. The only groundbreaking technologic device the 00/10s have introduced is the Ipad and Ipod. If I'm wrong about that, feel free to correct me.
Fast Food as vastly declined since the 90s because of the obesity epidemic. Beloved fast food characters such as Ronald McDonald has since almost completely disappeared.
The Internet was a new and exciting tool in the 90s, but now has devolved into a tool for laziness, hatred, and drama. Social media has completely destroyed everything new and exciting the internet had to offer. The only groundbreaking website to come from the 00s is Youtube.
This concludes my defense of the 90s and how it compares to today. Sorry about the length folks and if you believe that the 80s or 00s are the definite decade for you then I respect your opinion and agree to disagree.
Wow, you must have spent a lot of time with writing this. I was born in 86 and I agree the 90s were awesome. Arcades were at their best back in the 90s and I was a part of that scene since I was a kid. I remember seeing Street Fighter II in the arcade for the first time when I was about 6. While I agree the 90s had a little something for everyone, childhood definitely made the 90s a hundred times more exciting to a kid with all the cool new stuff coming out. The 90s were a time of growth and development for me as I grew from a kid to a teenager a few months before the 90s ended. I wish I had better guidance and upbringing but I made the best of it by getting through it with all the cool stuff of the 90s. I just wish I had focused on life more rather than being mesmerized by all the cool stuff around me.
I would have to say the 90's are not overrated at all. The 90's bought in style and favor that the 80's didn't have. The 90's was not better then 80's in my opinion because all the movies,arcades, kids shows, etc. The 80's had a more kids\teen era and the programming was more consisted back then. That's why many people love the 80's movies, shows, etc because we can relate to the time more and the consistency of the time.
Besides having my childhood in that decade, I think the 90s are WAY too overrated. Who else agrees?
I don't think so. I was born in 81 and I graduated High School in 99, so the 90's were fun and crazy times for me. The 90's pumped out tons of great TV programing and video games, maybe even more than the 80's.
I was also born in 1981, and I agree with this 100% Hell - I still think SNES was the greatest system ever made
this guy doesn't know what he's talking about. I was born in the 80's and still love the 90's more. Everything was better, EVERYHTING! not over rated it just was. you had to be there, people were different too! THEY WERE'NT STUPID!
I was born in 1990 and I'm an 80s fan. I have a love-hate relationship with the 90s. I loved them because they were my childhood, but I can't help but feel they were inferior to the decades prior to them. And today is still in many ways derivative/a continuation of the 90s.