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1 The 80s The decade of me me me!

2 To sum it up the 80s was… a generation of status seekers characterised by hostile takeovers and mega-mergers spawned a new breed of billionaire (Donald Trump) coined the meteoric rise and fall of the rich and famous ‘If you've got it, flaunt it’ Binge buying and credit became a way of life 'Shop Til you Drop' Labels were everything Materialism Hedonism

3 Economically The decade began with double-digit inflation Reagan was president Kermit didn't find it easy to be green hospital costs increased unemployment increased But in 1989 Americans gave $115,000,000,000`to charity.

4 Science & Technology Large numbers of Americans began using personal computers in their homes, offices, and schools Columbia, America's first reusable spacecraft was launched in 1981 Research money allowed for studies and new treatments for heart, cancer and other diseases Increased awareness of AIDS as celebrities died Major advances in genetics and DNA research

5 The family more divorces more single parent families more unmarrieds living together Families changed drastically during these years The 80s continued the trends of the 60s and 70s The two-earner family more common more women earned college and advanced degrees More women married but had fewer children

6 In Those Years In those years, people will say, we lost track of the meaning of we, of you we found ourselves reduced to I and the whole thing became silly, ironic, terrible: we were trying to live a personal life and yes, that was the only life we could bear witness to But the great dark birds of history screamed and plunged into our personal weather They were headed somewhere else but their beaks and pinions drove along the shore, through the rags of fog where we stood, saying I. ~ Adrienne Rich ~ Published in 1991, but surely speaks to the 1980s generation. Adrienne Rich

7 Education A 1980 study by UCLA and American Council on Education indicated that college freshmen were more interested in status, power, and money than at any time during the past 15 years Business Management was the most popular major

8 Society Nerds became a hot commodity in the 1980s Wealthy and brainy computer wizards like Stephen Wozniak helped So did movies like Revenge of the Nerds, Lucas, Stand by Me, and Peggy Sue Got MarriedRevenge of the NerdsStand by MePeggy Sue Got Married TV joined the nerd ranks with ABC's hit series Head of the Class

9 Trends Collectibles were big in the 80s. SmurfSmurf and E.T. paraphernaliaE.T. paraphernalia Cabbage Patch dolls camcorders video games (Nintendo, Pac Man, Game Boy),Nintendo, Pac Man, Game Boy Rubik's Cube Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Barbies were big

10 Fashion The combination of Nancy Reagan's elegance and Princess Diana's love of fashion, stimulated a return to opulent clothing stylesclothing styles The mini made a major revival, denim was importantmajor revival Anne KleinAnne Klein, Perry Ellis, Donna Karan, and Calvin Klein were designers for the 80sDonna KaranCalvin Klein Shoulder pads & power dressing

11 Fashion Film continued to influence and inspire clothing The Flashdance look had young and old in tank tops, tight-fitting pants or torn jeans, and leg-warmers Flashdance Teens not wearing designer clothes opted for Michael Jackson's glove or Madonna's fishnet stockings, leather, and chains Michael Jackson'

12 The media Cable was born MTVMTV, originally intended to be promos for albums, had an enormous impact on music and young people The digital compact disc (cd) revolutionised the music industry Dances learned on MTV included slam dancingslam dancing, lambada and break dancingbreak dancing

13 Music Pop, rock, new wave, punk, country, and especially rap or hip hop became popular in the 80snew wavepunkrap or hip hop Rap was new in the late 80s and 90s The early rap heard on ghetto streets was abrasive and laced with hostility toward society It took rap several years to get onto MTV Early important groups are Milli Vanilli, M. C. Hammer Vanilla Ice, and L.L. Cool J Milli VanilliM. C. Hammer Vanilla IceL.L. Cool J

14 The media In 1981, VCR sales rose 72% in 12 months By 1989, 60 percent of American households with televisions received cable service

15 The movies Huge or memorable movies of the decade includedThe Big Chill, Flashdance, Beverly Hills Cop, Out of Africa, Back to the Future, Cocoon, Platoon, Good Morning Vietnam, Fatal Attraction and Rain Man, Back to the FuturePlatoon,Good Morning Vietnam Stephen Spielberg MoviesStephen Spielberg Movies like E.T. THE EXTRA- TERRESTRIAL Teen movies like The Breakfast ClubThe Breakfast Club

16 Television TV innovations and trends included tabloid TV with Geraldo, Phil, Sally, and Oprah GeraldoPhilSallyOprah Info-tainment included Nightline with Ted Koppel, CNN Cable News, and 20/20 with Hugh Downs and Barbara WaltersNightline with Ted KoppelCNN Cable News,20/20 60 Minutes60 Minutes which had first aired in 1968 was bigger than ever

17 Television Anti-family sitcoms like Roseanne and Married...with Children Stand up comics included Gary Shandling, Jane Curtin, George Carlin, Jackie Mason, Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld, and Tracy Ullman It was a media decade with superstars

18 The decade of the sitcom The top ten TV shows of 1989 were 1. Cosby Show 2. Cheers 3. Roseanne 4. A Different World 5. America's Funniest Home Videos 6. Golden Girls 7. The Wonder Years 8. Empty Nest Minutes 10. Unsolved Mysteries


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