I think this brief comparison will provide much documentary evidence that as a society we are on an irreversable cultural decline.
Compare the ideal of beauty from today (courtesy that toilet rag of a magazine, Maxim)...
with this lovely visage from the 1950s (of starlet Debra Paget):
I know which era I prefer.
Let's do architecture now!!
The 1930s, please:
Now an average item of today's commercial architecture:
Auto mall hell. I hear the jungle drums bleating louder now.