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Message Subject Random American High School in 1989: Such vitality, happiness, vigor...What happened to us?
Poster Handle Anonymous Coward
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Part of it is that back then the average person wouldn't be interacting with a camera on even a monthly basis, so everyone puts on their best behavior.

Nowadays everyone is on camera every day, so it's hard to justify the same level of effort.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 76919720

Yea exactly. It’s the camera
 Quoting: Miss Bunny Swan

I was in middle school in California at that time. I began high school the next year. I can tell you based on first-hand experience that you're mostly wrong. People acted different in front of video cameras for sure, but the joyful atmosphere you see in the video captured the essence of how things were.

The video embedded in the original post is a typical example from that time period. That's the way it was.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 78425924

Huh. I was a little kid. By the time I got to high school, things were much drearier I guess.
 Quoting: Miss Bunny Swan

I remember you having an Australian flag.

This thread is mostly about upper middle class American life in the 1980s which I was lucky enough to experience.

The dreary part was happening too. Like this.

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