I want to understand the hype surround Gen X as they had artists like 2Pac, Biggie, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Selena, Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, Alice in Chains, etc. They’re known as the MTV Generation had movies and shows like Reality Bites, Simpsons (the best era from 1989 to 2000), Friends, Seinfeld, etc. I’m a millennial so can someone please explain. (BTW I’m not hating. I got love for Gen X as they are just as influential as the baby boomers.)
As a kid growing up in the early 90’s in Texas the only thing I can tell you about is Selena. She was everything and everywhere in Houston they played her Spanish language songs on pop radio and I knew some of the words to “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom”. She literally was the sun of Tejano music everything revolved around her. Had she lived she’d probably be where Jennifer Lopez is but with a lot of Grammys on her mantle. That’s all I got for 90’s pop culture.
I’m not sure what exactly you are asking? But I think the “hype” stems from the fact that there was a massive cultural shift in values that took place between the end of the 1960’s and the mid-1970’s that resulted in a new generation who suddenly wanted totally different things than their parents had wanted and who suddenly had access to all this new information thanks to new technology like cable and eventually the internet.
I also think this values shift resulted in music, films and TV that was considered more “risque”, edgy and risky than previous generations and can be looked back at as an era of great art being made. I also think that unlike the baby boomers, Gen-X tended to be less formal and more willing to express themselves. I also think that Gen-X TV/Music/Films are more familiar to millennials because they are more recent and likely more available to millennials to see or hear.
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