You Rotten (90’s) Kids! Do you really remember the 90’s?

By Kat Nykolaychuk on January 9, 2018

Let’s first take a look at the 90’s by starting with the grand years surrounding 2008. Bear with me.

In 2008, lots of people who were born halfway through the 90’s started posting  on the internet about the beloved decade’s culture and old toys. The only problem was, almost all of what they posted about was from the early 2000s. Nostalgia. Important to us millennials. Even if the years are wrong.

On one of the many Feed topics we had this semester (listen to the broadcasts here), we talked about decades in the 20th century, and how each one shaped the world for years to come. So here we are to talk about the decade of Bill Clinton, The Spice Girls, and that classic grunge style and attitude.

Prefacing those laid back grunge years was the 80’s, with the futuristic style and music, new ideas everywhere. The beginning of cell phones, the techno vibe, and the increasing use of computers laid a lot of the ground work for how the world was to be in the 90’s. The Berlin Wall had come down at the end of the 80s, and the USSR was dissolved in 1991, which were both huge events in world history.

Memorable events like the video surfacing of Rodney King, the O.J. Simpson trial, and Princess Diana’s death attracted a lot of attention and discussion from the public, affecting the way people consume media and changing the world from that point forward. The new mainstream prominence of grunge rock music, made popular by bands like Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains, and most notably Nirvana, swept across the world and contributed to a new era of rock artists and revivals.

Pop music was taken over by girl groups and boy bands, catchy memorable tunes that represented the new wave of teen culture. And let’s not forget that frosted tips hairstyle. Classic.


Oh, Lance Bass. We forgive you.

The 90s is an interesting period because it’s the first decade that doesn’t seem ancient. The modern technological era started in the 90s, and fashion and music aren’t as different and foreign as hair and fashion in the 80’s.

It feels abnormal to look back at a time that seemed so normal and regular as it happened, and then to look back in retrospect, there were many iconic and world altering events. I grew up as an adolescent in the 2000’s and 2010’s, and even looking back to where we were 10 years ago from today is mind-boggling.

Fashion’s pretty cool right now. Society’s general opinions seem to be working toward a more self-aware state. Hopefully. Technology is almost so advanced that it’s scary. And yet, I still can’t get a magic tool that gives me The Force so that I barely have to lift a finger to eat pizza. Just levitate it.

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