eras ---- what's probably a very common phenomenon for people (at least it is for me) is daydreaming about living in a previous era. it's true that cultural nostalgia almost always dreams of the time 30 years earlier (for lots of complicated reasons), so it's obvious that some forms of nostalgia are just sort of sociocultural laws that happen due to factors completely independent of any inherent "greatness" of the era in question. there are lots of video essays and normal essays that cover this cycle in more depth, so I won't. still, I feel compelled to wonder how it would be to jump back to decades from my own lifetime, or near it -- namely, the 90's, 2000's, and very early 2010's. while I'm aware that the uncertainty and tragedy in this world never ends and I certainly couldn't escape from it just by living in a different time period, there's one thing that would be different: I would no longer be living at the very forefront of the unknown. I would be able to name the trends and styles and music and know the aesthetic and feeling of the world I live in, because any time before the present is just another part of a story in the cultural consciousness, where the subtler elements of the world all have more concrete connotations and the feeling of soul-crushing semiotic confusion no longer presses into my mind every waking minute.