What you’ve charted is the loss of "innocence" in mainstream American media
. It is tempting to use that to extrapolate historical trends, as you have, but it is hardly a accurate historical barometer
. The changes in media have more to do with what was going on in the media (the Hays Code
, movie ratings, the FCC
, etc.) than in the lives of people.
Yeah, I want to live in the 1920s
too, but not because of the "innocence" of the time, but because it was actually a pretty wild time, with gangsters
and free-flowing gin
and Cole Porter
. Don’t use a silent movie
to judge the character of the time; look at what actually happened.
Or better yet, go back a few centuries. In Shakespeare
, characters are forming "the beast with two backs
." Read the raunchy tales of Boccacio
, with its frolicking nuns and monks and priests. Then try to tell me that the past is more innocent than today.