“He looks like Buddy Holly,” I said to myself as he walked his fixed gear bike past the Apple Store and a brand new 2012 Mazda drove by. For myself, being so caught off guard by this hipster due to my current lack of coffee, I was hit with a strange feeling of new crashing into old. It reached me with just as opposite of feelings, as I have always had a real appreciation of older objects and ideas. What could possibly have happened in so short of a time to cause people to actually, consciously or not, want to take a seemingly fearful step backwards? What was/were the monster(s) that have been seen, and how do we deal with them? The simplicity, the romanticism, the intricate, genius nature and style of the early versions of things we know today as well as things that decided to stay in their own page of history being donned by people of modern society is something new within itself, if only in it’s intention.
Throughout history, things can be seen as having been repeated or doomed to do so, as well as forgotten of course, but the repetition of style is generally not repeated in the same way on purpose. It may be easy to trace the lineage of an idea, the evolution of such, and see similar characteristics, but an actual repetition is a rare thing. My point in saying this is basically that things exist in their time because they are the newest, best way to do and use them, and their evolution progresses forward. So when a rift, a disturbance, a marred ring in the tree appears, it shows signs that something happened that changed a well practiced method.
Taking this idea and looking at American culture through it’s evolution has followed a basic similarly linear and evolutionary path until very recently. Bombs became more devastating, cars as a whole grew to be smaller and more efficient, aircraft leapt into jet technology, agriculture seems to play god, eyeglass becomes more protective and shatter resistant, and wooden extremities have been replaced with the near possibility to grow body parts in test tubes, should I keep going? A person of a general age group from the twenties would stand out in the thirties, a person in the thirties would stand out in the forties and so forth. Every aspect of a society such as ours changes. Technology has reached an era where change has been double timed and looking at the past can reveal itself to be a bit scary when it seemed to generally take hundreds of years at a time to make equal leaps in evolution that it has taken five for us in some cases.
I feel that this current “Buddy Holly Theory” in 2012 could be the rift in our tree ring. It’s not as isolated as the blissfully self-indulging hipster. We see brand new cars looking like older models now, that decrepit near mid-century VW bug is worth bookoo bucks for whatever reason, run down Victorian homes are being revamped on street corners in now historical neighborhoods, more “old school” naturally grown American food is so strongly desired and as a whole the good ol’ days are what seem to be the staple image of the American dream and what it should be. Honestly I can’t really complain. As I said, I’m one for older things and ways at many times and cherish the past for better and worse. Enough mental meandering for the time being, time to go antique hunting for some cool pre-Ray Ban Bausch and Lombs before they’re all gone!
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