Sunday, December 03, 2006

These Darn Kids of Today

What the hell do they like? I've been thinking over the past few days, what movies/tv shows/music will stay with them?

Back when I was a kid, there was a ton of stuff that always amazed us, inspired us. Like the original Star Wars Trilogy. Amazing stuff. I can still watch them now and wax nostalgic. (Don't get me started on the prequels again..............). But these were movies that changed everything. And stuff like Jaws, Close Encounters, Gallipoli, Manhattan, Indiana Jones.

What will the kids of today remember in 10, 20 years? Lord Of the Rings? Maybe, but it's not really a movie/series you can just toss in for a good time, and I think most of the fans from those epics were geeks my age and older anyway.

"Remember that time when we were playing with our Yu-Gi-Oh cards?"
"Oh, man, how 'bout that time when we were watching the Wiggles and they say about potatoes?"
"Guess what I made with Floam?!"

I just can't see it.

TV always had something cool on. From Dungeons & Dragons on Saturday mornings, to Star Blazers, Thunderbirds 2086 (not the marionettes/puppet things) and of course, the original Muppets.

Music - I listened to a lot of stuff growing up, I even went through a Quiet Riot phase, and my first favorite band was Asia. Thankfully I got some sense and moved on to stuff like U2, REM, 10000 Maniacs, Radiohead, Youth Group, etc (although I'll still give Asia a blast when it comes on the radio).

But what will this generation listen to as "Classics?" London Bridge? Milkshake? My Humps? God, I hope not.

Strike back below with some of your oldies/favorites from "back in the day." Also, what will be remembered from now in 10 or 20 years?


oneslackmartian said...

From Back in the Day:
The Boss . . . whenever I’m struggling with writing simple, clear action lines, I just think of Thunder Road:

The screen door slams
Mary's dress waves
Like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays

For the Future
You’re right, god help us . . . If my kids are any indication it will be High School Musical

Thomas Crymes said...

As incredulous as it sounds, there are kids today whose lives have been altered by Harry Potter. Who look up to Frodo Baggins instead of Luke Skywalker.

It's easy to say that we had better material to latch onto growing up, but I'm always curious how much of the stuff we thought was great, was really trash to the older set.

Patrick J. Rodio said...

Good point on Potter.

Emily Blake said...

Tupac. One both coasts Tupac is huge with minorities. The white kids really like Good Charlotte. It's the same as us, really. Kids like anything that expresses the incredible lack of power they feel.

They love horror movies, especially Saw. They've all seen Friday repeatedly.

I'm probably due for another blog on the subject, actually. I'll get to that pretty soon.

Patrick J. Rodio said...

Hmm, I don't know. I know Good Charlotte had a few hits, but will today's kids remember them in 20?

As to Tupac, I know he WAS relevant, but he would have been bigger if he wasn't killed I think. Although he's still popping out albums, so maybe you're right.