2To sum it up the 80s was… a generation of status seekers characterised by hostile takeovers and mega-mergersspawned 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 everythingMaterialismHedonism
3Economically The decade began with double-digit inflation Reagan was presidentKermit didn't find it easy to be greenhospital costs increasedunemployment increasedBut in 1989 Americans gave$115,000,000,000`to charity.
4Science & TechnologyLarge 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 diseasesIncreased awareness of AIDS as celebrities diedMajor advances in genetics and DNA researchA sad day in our history was January 28, 1986, when space shuttle Challenger exploded 74 seconds after liftoff at Cape Canavaral, Florida killing all seven astronauts, including school teacher Christa McAuliffe.
5The family more divorces more single parent families more unmarrieds living togetherFamilies changed drastically during these years The 80s continued the trends of the 60s and 70sThe two-earner family more commonmore women earned college and advanced degreesMore women married but had fewer children
6In 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 toBut 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.
7EducationA 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 yearsBusiness Management was the most popular major
8Society Nerds became a hot commodity in the 1980s Wealthy and brainy computer wizards like Stephen Wozniak helpedSo did movies like Revenge of the Nerds, Lucas, Stand by Me, and Peggy Sue Got MarriedTV joined the nerd ranks with ABC's hit series Head of the Class
9Trends Collectibles were big in the 80s. Smurf and E.T. paraphernalia Cabbage Patch dollscamcordersvideo games (Nintendo, Pac Man, Game Boy),Rubik's CubeTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Barbies were big
10FashionThe combination of Nancy Reagan's elegance and Princess Diana's love of fashion, stimulated a return to opulent clothing stylesThe mini made a major revival, denim was importantAnne Klein, Perry Ellis, Donna Karan, and Calvin Klein were designers for the 80sShoulder pads & power dressing
11Fashion 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 Teens not wearing designer clothes opted for Michael Jackson's glove or Madonna's fishnet stockings, leather, and chains
12The media Cable was born MTV, 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 includedslam dancing, lambadaand break dancing
13MusicPop, rock, new wave, punk, country, and especially rap or hip hop became popular in the 80sRap was new in the late 80s and 90sThe early rap heard on ghetto streets was abrasive and laced with hostility toward societyIt took rap several years to get onto MTVEarly important groups are Milli Vanilli, M. C. Hammer Vanilla Ice, and L.L. Cool J It had started in prison 20 years earlier by jailed black inmates who, in the absence of instruments, turned poetic meter into musical rhythm.
14The media In 1981, VCR sales rose 72% in 12 months By 1989, 60 percent of American households with televisions received cable service48 minutes ALF video
15The moviesHuge 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,Stephen Spielberg Movies like E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIALTeen movies like The Breakfast Club
16TelevisionTV innovations and trends included tabloid TV with Geraldo, Phil, Sally, and OprahInfo-tainment included Nightline with Ted Koppel, CNN Cable News, and 20/20 with Hugh Downs and Barbara Walters60 Minutes which had first aired in 1968 was bigger than ever
17TelevisionAnti-family sitcoms like Roseanne and Married...with ChildrenStand up comics included Gary Shandling, Jane Curtin, George Carlin, Jackie Mason, Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld, and Tracy UllmanIt was a media decade with superstars
18The decade of the sitcom The top ten TV shows of 1989 were Cosby ShowCheersRoseanneA Different WorldAmerica's Funniest Home VideosGolden GirlsThe Wonder YearsEmpty Nest60 MinutesUnsolved Mysteries