Just some thoughts.
I’ve written a few posts about how I hated “vintage” blogs. I guess I’m gathering my thoughts together now.
I understand that actually, the aesthetic is something we all can enjoy. God, I love paisley shirts as much as the next person, and bell bottom jeans? Sign me up right away. I’ve understood that liking the aesthetic is different from liking the time, and the two don’t always go hand in hand.
I mean, I for one like dressing up in Regency clothes, going full Mr. Darcy - but that doesn’t mean I want to go back to the time and experience slavery, poverty and disease. I simply like the clothes and the style of the time.
I guess this is sort of an apology, because I realise a lot of what I was saying was actually against the bloggers who WISHED to be back in the 60s/70s - obviously they would choose to be middle class white teens in perfect health, living in a relatively peaceful country - but, you know. I’ve got a thing against that. I’ve also got a thing against the people who look at it all through rose tinted glasses, seeing 1967 as 365 days of LSD and music - but you and I both know that it wasn’t like that at all. (it was, as George Harrison put it, just a bunch of spotty college kids jumping on the bandwagon and trying to “free their minds.”)
So, by all means, enjoy the aesthetic. Read Kerouac, listen to Dylan, wear pencil skirts and beehive perms, drive a scooter. But understand that although the time was a time of great liberation - the invention of the pill, flourishing gay and civil rights, feminism, music, art, literature - it was also a time of great injustice and horrors. Think of everything wrong with today. It’s exactly the same as it was then, if not better or worse.
Do you think, in twenty, thirty years, there’ll be a kid sat blogging about how he wished he was living in 2015? With the Iphones and Lana Del Ray? I bet a few of you would be shaking your heads as you told him about the police brutality, corruption, blatant disregard for environmental issues, murder, war, etc. It’s just something to make you think, isn’t it?
All I’m saying is, enjoy the aesthetic. But leave it at that, please.