Maybe it peaks and troughs, but over my life time, I think I agree with Buttercup. If I compare what I was exposed to as a child, with the original King Kongbeing perhaps the scariest movie I was allowed to see, an unthreatening environment at public school, little fear of walking anywhere alone as a child, etc, to what I perceive kids go through today, my heart goes out to both kids and parents.
If there is a cycle, it seems to be a pendulum swing between gritty realism and positive myth, depending on whether we feel the need to get real and deal with issues, or inspire ourselves to new levels of achievement.
For each man, according to the measure of his intelligence, must speak what he can speak, and do what he can do. - Alfred, King of Wessex
Calm down, have some dip. -George Carlin