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 Posted: Mon Apr 19th, 2021 03:59 am
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Papa Voo

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Ok, this was a weird topic of discussion the other night around the fire. 

The 1980’s are both loved and hated depending on the person. 

The Music 
The early 1980’s was the transition out of the Disco era. Later on in the decade, there was music heavily-influenced by the synthesizer.  You had a pop music explosion comparable to the counter-culture of the 1960’s.  There was also the Big Hair and Glam bands in the last half of the decade. And of course, there was MTV and music videos.  The Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna and Springsteen craze. 

The Movies
ET, Back To The Future series, Ghostbusters, The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire, Rambo movies, Scarface, Full Metal Jacket, Die Hard, The Shining, The Outsiders, Purple Rain, Goonies, Ferris Bueller’s..., Raiders of the Lost Ark, Fast Times..., Stand By Me

Politics and National Stature
This was the decade of Reagan.  The first few years of the 1980’s seemed dark and depressing. Around 1984/1985, the patriotic fervor began to build within the country. Some say it was great national awakening while others said it was a great PR tactic at a national level to push people to follow a certain social, economic or military agenda.  Unions took a huge blow when Reagan fired the air traffic controllers.  Industry and industry jobs were being off-shored at a record pace and nobody seemed to see it as a national issue.  People were still blaming specific companies and corporations while the government was an accessory to the off-shoring. From the mid-1980’s to the end of the 1980’s, the country seemed overall to have a positive outlook while the “Decade of Greed” was raging behind closed conference room doors.  “It’s Morning In America, Again.”  The beginning of the 1980’s had assassination attempts on Reagan and John Paul II and John Lennon was shot dead in front of The Dakota.  The new Evangelical Movement began to meld with politics.

Wrestling (LOL)
Territories were being killed off and others were dying. Wrestlemania was born! The WWF and the national expansion. The marriage between professional wrestling and MTV which helped launch pro wrestling into the mainstream. Wrestling somewhat mirrored what was going on at the national level. 

Where do you think the 1980’s rank compared to other decades? 

Are there any other decades comparable to the 1980’s?  Some say the 1920’s or 1960’s. 

Are the 1980’s overrated or underrated today for it’s place in history? 

Last edited on Mon Apr 19th, 2021 04:00 am by Papa Voo