The 90's was the decade of technology with the rise of personal computers, cellular phones, MP3, and Palm Pilots. But perhaps the single most important advance was the growth of the information superhighway - the Internet. The internet revolutionized the way we get our information and entertainment and has made communication as easy as a click of a button.
The 90's marked two trends in the way TV networks aimed its television viewing. The first was they started making TV programs specifically directed towards 20-35 year olds. This resulted in more mature oriented shows and more risks were taken in subject matter (Topics about sex, drugs, family issues etc.). Examples of some these programs include some very successful shows such as Seinfeld, Friends, Melrose Place and Beverly Hill 90210.
Another successful trend was cartoons aimed at older audiences and not just for kids. These shows included The Simpson's, South Park, Beavis and Butthead, King of the Hill, and Family Guy.
Movies saw changes to the way they were being made also. There was more importance to having big budgets and big special effects. The movie which probably jump started this trend was Terminator 2 which was released in 1991. Other very successful movies which follow this trend include Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Twister and Titanic (Which is the highest grossing film of all time).
The music scene saw two major genres become extremely popular in the 90's. The first was grunge music. Grunge is characterized by loud catchy riffs and heavy drumming. The use of distortion and feedback is prevalent and the lyrics are often filled with angst. The bands which made grunge mainstream was Nirvana and other groups such as Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains to name a few. The trend eventually died out by 1995...