I was thinking all of this as I played Halo 3 with my little brother the other day. It occurred to me that he doesn't have a historical context with these objects (he's 11). He hasn't witnessed the height of gaming technology go from this:
He didn't hear the clunky, low-budget blips of "Pole Position" or "Pitfall" on the Atari before listening to full 15-instrument classical orchestrations on the soundtrack of some video games by the likes of Harry Gregson Williams and James Newton Howard.
I mean, there's now world wide social networking. Censorship in mass media is now for the most part non-existant. The earth is in environmental danger. There's the possibility of a black President.
For the most part, these things are definitely progressive in nature. But I feel sorry for my younger brother. This could just be old man mentality talking, but for some reason, it seems like we're quite close to the end of everything.