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Times have changed

Thu, Dec 29th, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

Times have changed over the years as we know, the most obvious being the rise in gas prices from just 36 cents in 1970 to about four dollars. In 1970 the most viewed TV shows were Marcus Welby M.D., and The Flip Wilson Show. Now-a-days it's all about reality shows.

I tell you what, if television shows in the '70s knew they could make seven million dollars running around acting like idiots fighting with their family like the Kardashians, I think they might have taken that option into consideration. If they knew they could get married for six months and make 17 million dollars, I think they just might have. Back in the '70s, sports stars were paid $7,000 a year instead of millions. Some changes are for the better, while some are for the worse. Most for the worse. Does anybody remember turning on the radio and not hearing at least five words bleeped out?

I never lived in the '70s, so I don't know what any of this stuff would have been like living it live instead of looking it up on Google. But if I could pick anything from the Seventies to bring to today, it would have to be the cars. I would love to go outside right now, sit on my porch and see a 1970 Dodge Charger fly by. Cars in that time beat every single car of today for all sorts of reasons except driving in the snow. I mean really, can we go back to a time where cars only cost about $3,900 new?

Also, and I don't know if I'm the only one seeing this, but does it seem like the music talent was better in the past? Take these lyrics for example. "Oh, let the sun beat down upon my face, stars fill my dreams. I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been, to sit with elders of the gentle race. This world has seldom seen. They talk of days for which they sit and wait, all will be revealed" (Led Zeppelin- Kashmir 1975). Compared to this "Poppin bottles in the ice, like a blizzard. When we drink, we do it right gettin slizzard. Sippin sizzurp in my ride, like Three 6. Now I'm feelin so fly like a G6" (Far East Movement- Like a G6 2010). People can debate that I could have done the same with the present song being better and the past one being bad. Yes, I could very well, but you're not the one writing this, and your opinion doesn't really matter in this case.

Collin Richert is a student at Mabel-Canton High School. He is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its thirteenth year.

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