1985 was better overall
2015 is better overall
Oh 1985 by far.
We're in the Carter years mutliplied by 10 right now.
It's kind of a mixed bag, IMO.
The technology of 2015 is nice. I'll give it that much. Our future is rather uncertain, however, and popular culture is a lot worse. Opportunities for growth and advancement (both personal and societal) also seem to be a lot more limited in comparison to what they once were.
The America of 1985 was on it's up to a "Golden Age." The America of 2015 is on its way down from that high, and its not entirely clear how far we'll slip before things rebound again.
"Men did not love Rome because she was great. She was great because they had loved her." -- G.K. Chesterton