Was the American outlook in the early 70s really that bleak?
March 25, 2014 9:32 PM Subscribe
Was the American outlook in the early 70s really that bleak or is that just what survived culturally?
posted by Senor Cardgage to Society & Culture (45 answers total) 37 users marked this as a favorite
Having been born in 74 myself I wasn't there, but I find myself fascinated with the incredibly bleak pop culture of the early 1970s. There seemed to be more than enough dystopia to go around at the time and I wonder honestly if I am just gravitating towards those sorts of cultural artifacts, that's just what tends to get put out front in retrospect or if it wasn't all Eddie Coyle, Deliverance, Vietnam, Last House on the Left and Gilbert O'Sullivan after all.
I understand that the country was going through a lot at the time, I just wonder if the heaviness of the time was really felt AT the time or if that's all in the looking back.