Yo, that was 1930, 1920 was the start of the roaring 20s and soon followed by prohibition. And while prohibition tried to stamp out nightlife, it actually led to the blurring of boundaries in nightlife. Because everything was happening in illegal underground clubs anyways, segregation of pretty much any kind went out the window for the first time, and you could find anyone in the bars you were going to and socialize with them. I think we’re in for a similar cultural shock when COVID gets out of our way.
But, at the same time, I think we might be in for a rough decade most of the next decade as we recover from COVID. It is going to take some industries until 2025 or later to recover to pre-pandemic levels, if they ever recover at all. And that means there’s a lot of displaced labor out there. People didn’t really have enough bargaining power to increase stagnant wages before. Add in increased automation, trying to keep people out of business to prevent the spread of COVID and you have even less need for employees, who are now fighting for a higher minimum wage and thus making themselves even more expensive (and justifying more expensive robots/systems to replace themselves). You might think I’m thinking too far ahead here, but I helped automate away 2 of my first 4 jobs over the last 4 years since I graduated. And the job I kept has changed pretty significantly since I started 3 years ago because of how much of it I have been able to automate. And, let’s be clear, that level of fear of losing my job to automation, that’s a college grad with honors who shows up on time every day and does the work that used to be done by three people (I’m pretty sure for less money than any one of them), and uses like 4 vacation days a year. I’m in a really good position, so I worry for some of the people out there who aren’t educated, or don’t enjoy their job and put as much thought/effort into it as I do. That is something that will have to be figured out in the coming decade, most likely.
But who knows, I don’t think anyone saw COVID coming this time a year ago. Maybe we get a similarly sudden good year somewhere down the line, where Spacex actually gets NASA to the moon for way cheaper than anyone budgeted and Mars is in reach within the decade. Or maybe everyone taking the climate so seriously creates more jobs than anyone is expecting in green energy. Maybe we get our first female or another black president before the decade is out. IDK, not expecting any of that this year, but still expecting this year to be better than last as vaccines roll out.