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    Why were the 2000s so hedonistic and consumerist?

    The 2000s were a dumb decade! A decade filled with debauchery, greed, and consumerism! A decade where Americans lost their fascination in space! A decade filled with trashy reality TV and Disney teen shows that promoted materialism and a shallow worldview! The teen pop culture seemed more interested in partying than becoming smarter. Athletes and celebrities were excessively glorified.

    All the smart people I knew back in the 2000s watched either Battlestar Galactica and/or Avatar the Last Airbender. Both of those shows were awarded the Peabody Award.

    Why were the 2000s so hedonistic and consumerist?

    Hopefully future generations will look at that decade with a feeling of disgust. Hopefully climate change will force humanity to abandon consumerism.
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    Yeah, and they should get off your lawn, too.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CmdrShep2154 View Post
    The 2000s were a dumb decade! A decade filled with debauchery, greed, and consumerism! A decade where Americans lost their fascination in space! A decade filled with trashy reality TV and Disney teen shows that promoted materialism and a shallow worldview! The teen pop culture seemed more interested in partying than becoming smarter. Athletes and celebrities were excessively glorified.

    All the smart people I knew back in the 2000s watched either Battlestar Galactica and/or Avatar the Last Airbender. Both of those shows were awarded the Peabody Award.

    Why were the 2000s so hedonistic and consumerist?

    Hopefully future generations will look at that decade with a feeling of disgust.
    We're not any less hedonistic, debaucheristic, or materialistic now than we were in the 2000s. We're the same or arguably more so depending on what metrics you use.

    Hopefully climate change will force humanity to abandon consumerism.
    Actually that won't work because consumerism is synonymous with a growth-based economic system. If any country decided to get rid of their current growth based system then they would become less competitive and experience decline as the other growing countries gain more leverage and wealth. That would then cause discontent with the voters who are needed to keep the non-growth economic policy in place over time, leading to reversal. Simply put; it's a losing strategy.
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    They ran so we could fall

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    Almost all media in the 90s was a product placement (handful of exceptions) or long form advertisement. Hedonism was the literal theme of the 80s. The consumerism of the 80s and 90s even produced entire counter cultural waves in the form of punks and Grunge etc.

    Hedonism and consumerism is not a feature of a specific decade, it's a feature of capitalism.
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    I wish there was more hedonism

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    But what does this have to do with ditzy cheerleaders?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acidbaron View Post
    I wish there was more hedonism
    Exactly yeah, maximizing the amount of pleasure on Earth is obviously a good thing.
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    Didn’t you make this thread already? And the 2000s were ballin’, not like shitty 2020.

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    Haven’t seen you in a while

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    But what does this have to do with ditzy cheerleaders?
    They went through psychotherapy and are now consuming a shit ton. The jocks who went to psycho school are their the rapists.
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    Sounds like the 90s...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PC2 View Post
    Actually that won't work because consumerism is synonymous with a growth-based economic system. If any country decided to get rid of their current growth based system then they would become less competitive and experience decline as the other growing countries gain more leverage and wealth. That would then cause discontent with the voters who are needed to keep the non-growth economic policy in place over time, leading to reversal. Simply put; it's a losing strategy.
    I think a distinction needs to be made between debt based economic growth and natural growth, while you do not get explosive GDP growth from those countries you also don't get cyclical recessions for the market to correct itself. I rather have stability because going for crisis to crisis is not exactly good for the average person long term. The competitiveness argument is detached from debt so it doesn't matter in that case either just preference of economic models.

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    What kind of dated, nonsensical mind sees "hedonism" and "debauchery" as bad things? Pleasure, save when it comes at the expense of someone else's pain, is always good and has no "moral" relevance.

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    Not sure that era has ended. Turned the tv on lately?

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    Does the OP think of this forum as a spot for his random musings?
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    Does the OP think of this forum as a spot for his random musings?
    If you're looking for a tour inside the mind of a severely mentally disturbed person, check their started threads.
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