I used to look at all my parent's pictures that were in black-and-white when they were growing up and it was hard for me to imagine life in color back then. I guess some of it had to do with the dirt roads, dirty industry and the depression... and also with film, photograph and television being in black-and-white, but I can't see it in any other hue. There are several apps now that you can take your photos and apply a 70's, sepia tone to them to make them look older. When I see the 70's when I was growing up, in my mind, as with B&W era, it's how I picture my childhood growing up. I don't remember the actual crisp colors, I only remember it through the pictures with soft, filtered, muted colors. Today, with everything enhanced in HD, details are amazing and right in your face, if not so abrupt in stark reality.
When the 60's, 70's and 80's came around, people started to think more about themselves and expressing their thoughts. Advancements in communication and technology opened up your sphere of influence and the walls came down. Equal rights for blacks, free love and women's lib bust the doors wide open for blurring the lines of social and political influence in an age of blurred color in photos and film. Music started having political messages and pleas for peace and tranquility. Dads started traveling out of town for work and the TV dinner replaced the nightly meeting at the dining room table as you were summoned by the dinner bell in the back yard or your mom yelling out the back door. As a child at that time, so much happened that I was oblivious to, including the Vietnam War and several other controversial events. I was attached to my Mom's leg in my protective, muted, soft, filtered world, just as the pictures portrayed. We were plopped down in our living room in front of our huge 20" color console TV; our window to the world. Close, but far enough away. Involved, but at a safe distance. This was living.
I would imagine this next generation will look down on the current one as we did on our parents, and so on. technology will have advanced at a rate that will make today's know-it-alls as ancient as we now are, much less our parents. In closing, the phrase 'don't be in such a hurry to grow up'. I wouldn't mind seeing life a little more blurred right about now. THAT... was really living.