|By the 1990s, we knew a black president was inevitable|
Since the 1990s, however, not much has changed. Improved some tech maybe, expanded upon perhaps, but there's little we have now that we didn't have, at least in the most rudimentary forms, in the 90s. Yes, we have smart phones that have replaced digital cameras, video recorders, and portable televisions. But all they are is basically all those things in one cellular package. Computers are just faster and more powerful versions of what we had then. The Internet has improved, speed and access and all, but the basics are still there. We have electric cars, but they've been kicking that around since I was in school. We have billionaires flying into space, but that's just building on what already is old news.
So there's not a whole lot in terms of leaps forward. So stagnant are we that as recently as the late 1970s, I remember many of us still believing that we would have moon colonies by around the far away turn of the century. By the 1990s, we were pretty sure we wouldn't. We still aren't 30 years later. And the same goes for social and cultural trends. What has changed isn't the sort of thing we want to bring attention to, unlike 1985.
All of this came to my mind when I saw this story that the recent UN Climate Report said rising sea levels would be wiping out small islands and even island nations. Well now, that's nothing I haven't heard since the 1990s. In fact, on one level, I'll say climate change hysteria is very consistent. They've been saying the same thing over and over since the 1990s, including predictions of inevitable doom that keep being repeated, even though we just never see much of what they predict.
If you get in your hybrid DeLorean and fly back to the mid-1990s, you'll be hearing the same thing, seeing many of the same things, or at least the basis of the same things, as we hear and see today. In fact, in the late 1990s, when I moved back to Louisville and for the first time ever purchased cable television, I remember one of the big stories was the congressional hearings on Global Warming led by then Vice President Al Gore threatening, among other dire predictions, the swallowing up of small islands and even island nations by rising sea levels.
That, kiddies, is why a reboot of that fan favorite movie from the mid-80s couldn't happen. So little has changed since then and, to be frank, what has changed has not been for the better. I think in our gut of guts, we all know that is true.