In the last few years, I’ve been on a major nostalgia trip through the ’90s. I’ve been finding slideshow videos on YouTube on shows, toys and other fads from my childhood. I’ve recently begun to notice that there is a war going on.
With the new generation of children upon us and the world they are growing up looking grim and paling to compare with our childhood, many people who were children in the 1990s are making these nostalgia videos, claiming that they are true ’90s children. However this is stirring up criticism among the ’80s babies who claim they are the real ’90s children, as they can remember the entire decade. They tell the ’90s babies that they are not true ’90s kids because they were only able to really participate in half the decade and much of the content of the videos only apply to the latter half of the decade.
The ’80s babies say that real ’90s kids should remember the entire decade and be living through times like during the OJ Simpson trial controversy or when the Kriss Kross duo was huge. They also say that stuff like Pokemon, and the new style pop music that was popular around 1998 wasn’t true ’90s because it was only around for the last two to three years.
Thus, a flame-war began and all of the ’80s babies’ videos claiming that the ’90s babies aren’t real ’90s kids. The ’90s kids are upset because to them, the ’90s are sacred and they enjoyed the years that they remember, even if they weren’t old enough to be involved for a lot of the decade. The ’80s babies are annoyed that the ’90s babies are claiming to be something that they really aren’t and as a result, a lot of videos get a lot of thumbs down.
I side with the ’80s babies even though I was born in the ’90s. I was almost an ’80s baby but it probably wouldn’t have mattered if I had been born in the last two years of the ’80s. But at least I can admit that I am not a true ’90s kid like ’80s babies are. That doesn’t stop me from wishing dearly that I could’ve been old enough to enjoy a time when I was too young that changed by the time I was old enough. The more vague memories of the early ’90s are highly sacred to me and I’m annoyed when I can barely find any videos on YouTube devoted to just the early ’90s, due to most of the ’90s videos having a lot of late ’90s things that I don’t find sacred at all, such as Pokemon, or pop music or toys. If anything, I’m glad that the late ’90s are over and wish the early-mid ’90s would return.
This is my second and perhaps second last entry covering my childhood in the 1990s. The third one will be how my two older sisters gave me a different ’90s experience than most kids; kids who didn’t have older siblings.