There are those who know why.
Admittedly, it was edgy when I was eleven.
One of the funniest things that was in the original GURPS Autoduel was its suggestion that the dystopian future of that world’s 2020s would portray the 1980s as being idyllic (in much the same way that we romanticize both the 1950s and the 1890s). It’s still funny (nobody gets near-future disaster scenarios wrong like roleplaying games do*), but not because it isn’t increasing true that we do.
*Which is not the games’ fault, really: if you’re playing in a near-future game, you want it to be different than the current time period, right? That means “exciting,” and exciting means that something’s probably blown up somewhere. Or lots of somethings. Whatever the current worry is, really.