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Culture of the 1980s

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Edward Warrington

on 17 November 2013

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During the 80's television was enjoying a new expanded role in the lives of American people. Cable TV which was still developing in the 70s had become the standard.
Many channels people are familiar with today originated around the 1980s.
People watched ESPN for sport.
Nickelodeon for kids and teenagers
CNN for news
Perhaps the most famous and influential was MTV. This new channel redefined the music industry with video interpretations of songs. Or as the hip gangsta 80s youth liked to call them "music videos".
Artists were now able to show there souls through images as well as sounds, a truly beautiful thing.<3
Another large development in the 1980s was that of the Video Cassette Recorder or VCR which allowed people to record TV and watch it at a time that suited them, which only helped drive the popularity of Television
On another, more duncanny note, the sexual revolution of the 60s was slowing with more knowledge about sexually transmitted diseases being know, especially AIDS. Drugs that were once considered recreational and OK were becoming known as addictive and dangerous. People were becoming a lot more aware about the negative repercussions of drugs and unprotected...relations.
TVs, PCs, and sex
1983 - Bob Hawke was elected as Australian Prime Minister
1984 - First Female American Vice President candidate, Geraldine Ferraro.

Equal Rights
1981 - Indigenous people in South Australia were handed back ownership of more than 10 percent of the State's land.
26 October 1985 - the Commonwealth Government granted land rights over Uluru back to its Aboriginal owners.
1986 - America celebrates national holiday Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day for the first time.
Home computers were a class of computers that entered the market in 1977, and becoming common during the 1980s. These computers were marketed to consumers as affordable and accessible ways of technology in the daily homes. This, for the first time, was intended for the use of a single nontechnical user. These computers were a distinct market segment that typically cost much less than business, scientific or engineering-oriented computers of the time. Most of the home computers during the early 80s, were quite similar, in terms of their technical and the computers appearance. It wasn't until the mid 80s, when the next generation of home computers arrived in the market. These new home computer market began to be dominated by "next generation" home computers using the 16-bit Motorola 68000 chip, which enabled the greatly increased abilities of the Amiga and Atari ST series. Graphics resolutions approximately doubled, and color palettes increased from dozens to hundreds or thousands of colors available. This transformation of home computers continues till this very date. Home computers have been defined as the new growing entertainment and this all started back in the 80s.
Entertainment of the 1980s
The 1980s saw the emergence of pop, dance music and New Wave. As the term disco fell out of fashion in the decade's early years, genres such as post-disco, Italo disco, Euro disco and dance-pop became more popular. Rock music continued to enjoy a wide audience; sub-genres such as New Wave, soft rock,and glam metal emerged and developed a significant following. Adult contemporary, quiet storm, and smooth jazz gained popularity.
The 1980s are commonly associated with the usage of synthesizers, thus, synthpop music and other electronic genres featuring non-traditional instruments also exploded in popularity. Also during this decade, several major electronic genres were developed, including electro, techno, house, freestyle and Eurodance, rising in prominence during the 1990s and beyond.
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