I've been speculating on the nature of Zeitgeist, you know, that stuff that defines a generation. Maybe I've chosen the wrong word but for 'my' childhood generation the prevailing influences are easy to remember: the space race, the monster craze, glam rock, military toys, TV like Thunderbirds and Hanna Barbera cartoons, tank tops and parallels and Butlins. There was much more memorable stuff but that'll do for now.In many ways it helped make me who I am, the cultural bit. Teenage was next and was an equally remarkable time in the Seventies.
But am I simply being overly - nostalgic or was there something special about the Sixties and Seventies? Will every other generation, those of the Fifties, Eighties, Nineties and Noughties, have the same strong sense of a distinct popular culture from that time?
Will the kids of today look back on 2012 and excitedly recall the colour of their mobile phones or favourite computer game? Will they remember the sounds of their Ipod and the cut of their clothes? Is the alluring memory of childhood the same regardless of the prevailing pop culture and does every generation in every land form a distinct whole?