Essays About The 80S

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MTV

MTV galloped through the '80s as a factor of musical taste, style and fashion. During the early '80s, the network helped introduce an entire stable of new music stars.
For almost the entirety of the decade of the '80s, MTV was a force to be reckoned with, serving as the music video headquarters for the pop music world. As such, monster '80s artists like the Police, Michael Jackson and Bon Jovi gained great exposure to audiences through their constant appearances in the MTV rotation of videos. As the network gained popularity, it began to diversify programming, introducing a stable of music-themed shows. As the decade drew to a close, MTV began a gradual move away from music programming in favor of content geared toward reality TV…show more content…

His release of 1982 album “Thriller,” is still the best sold album of all time.,

Madonna
When you think about clothes in the 1980s the most popular style that comes to mind is Madonna. She wore layers of coats, skirts, and shirts, but best known for her accessories, such as hair bows and religious symbols in her jewelry, gloves, and necklaces. Although much of her success was derived from her image, many of her songs from the 80’s, such as “Holiday,” and “Lucky Star,” weaved their way into the fabric of 80s pop music turning her into a legend within her time.

Prince
Prince Rodgers Nelson, born June 7th, 1958, known by his stage name Prince was a pioneer of 80s glam and a champion for male heels.

Valley Girls
Started in the Sanfernando Valley a fluent teenage girls who ultimately defined 80s slang. Phrases that uniquely marked the 80s way of speaking such as “Barf me out,”, “gag me with a spoon,” “totally tubular,” “narly,” and “eat my shorts,”.

Rubics Cube
Invented by Hungarian scientist, Eron Rubic, it seemed like such a simple puzzle, yet the rubics cube mesmorized millions of people with its complexity. The rubics cube began one of the most popular toys of the 20th century and an icon of the 80s.

Pac-man
Arcade game developed by Namo, distributed in the US, beginning in 1980. Considered a classic in video games and is virtually synomonas in 1980s pop culture. Reguared as one of the most influential video games of all time

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59d. Life in the 1980s

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The eighties were a decade where style reigned supreme, and few artists had as much style as Madonna. Her 1984 hit "Material Girl" spoke volumes about what is remembered as an image-driven decade.

"I want my MTV."

Americans enjoyed many fundamental changes in their standard of living in the 1980s. One major transformation was the new, expanded role of television. Cable television, although available in the 1970s, became standard for most American households. This change ushered in a whole host of new programming.

Sports-minded Americans could watch the ESPN network 24 hours a day. Nickelodeon catered to the children of the baby boomers with youth-centered daily programming, and to the boomers themselves by broadcasting reruns of classic sitcoms at night. Americans could catch up with the news at any time by watching CNN.

MTV, or Music Television, brought a revolution to the recording industry. MTV broadcast music video interpretations of popular songs. Beginning in 1981 with the prophetic Buggles tune "Video Killed the Radio Star," MTV redefined popular music. Stars like Madonna and Michael Jackson were much more able to convey an image as well as music. Madonna's "Material Girl" message typified the values of an increasingly materialistic decade.


Rude, crude, and with a bad attitude, the "Garbage Pail Kids" collector cards took the U.S. by storm in the 1980s. With names like "Potty Scotty" and "Barfin' Barbara," these kids were a reaction to one of the decades other fads — the Cabbage Patch Kids.

The videocassette recorder (VCR) allowed Americans to record television shows and watch them according to their own schedule and view feature films in the privacy of their own homes.

Perhaps the product that introduced the greatest change in American lifestyles of the 1980s was the personal computer. Introduced by Apple in 1977, the personal computer allowed management of personal finances, quick word-processing, and desktop publishing from the home. Businesses could manage payroll, mailing lists, and inventories from one small machine. Gone were the ledgers of the past. The Silicon Valley of California, which was the home to many of the firms that produced the processors that made these computers run, became the symbolic heart of the American technological economy.

"Greed is good," declared the lead character of the movie Wall Street. With the growing economy, many middle-class Americans rushed to invest in the bullish stock market and to flaunt their newly acquired wealth. Young Urban Professionals, or yuppies, replaced the socially conscious hippie of the previous generation of youth. Yuppies sought executive track jobs in large corporations and spent their money on upscale consumer products like Ray-Ban sunglasses, Polo apparel, and Mercedes and BMW automobiles. The health and fitness industry exploded as many yuppies engaged in regular fitness routines.


The computing revolution of the 1980s began with the introduction of the Apple II series. Sometimes referred to as the "Model-T" of computers, the Apple II allowed businesses to streamline operations and brought the wonders of digital data management into the home.

The hedonism of the 1970s was being re-evaluated. Many drugs, which were considered recreational in the '70s, were revealed as addictive, deadly substances. As reports of celebrities entering rehabilitation centers and the horrors of drug-ridden inner cities became widely known, First Lady Nancy Reagan's message to "Just Say No" to drugs became more powerful. Regardless, newer and more dangerous substances like crack cocaine exacerbated the nation's drug problem.

The sexual revolution was rocked by the spread of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS. This deadly disease was most commonly communicated by sexual contact and the sharing of intravenous needles. With the risks of promiscuous behavior rising to a mortal level, monogamy and "safe sex" with condoms were practiced more regularly.

While greed may have been rewarded in the '80s, lust, be it for drugs or sex, proved fatal for thousands.

Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club ... no filmmaker captures growing up in suburban America during the '80s better than John Hughes.
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I love rock 'n' roll, put another dime in the jukebox, baby ... Get the lyrics to 488 other great '80s songs, and sing along with the glamorous rock heroes of yesteryear.
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In The '80s
For anybody with even an inkling of interest in Life-In-The-Eighties, this site is candy. Gobs of links to articles, timelines, reviews, quizzes, and primary sources pertaining to all-things-'80s. They even have classic video games like Centipede and Pac-Man that you can download. This site actually makes you want to go back in time.

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American as Apple Pie
Most of us are familiar with Bill Gates and Microsoft. But what about their fierce competitor? Once again, History House bring us the story of a significant moment in U.S. history — the founding of Apple Computers. Read the story of a young entrepreneur who really took the values of the '80s to heart as he clawed his way to the top over friends and business partners.

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AVERT — AIDS Education & Research Trust
The sexual revolution that began in the '60s and '70s came to a screeching halt in the '80s with the onset of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome — better known as AIDS. Brought to you by a United Kingdom based AIDS education charity, this megasite can provide you with an amazing amount of AIDS info, including the history of the virus that causes AIDS — known as HIV. There are also dozens of pages devoted to stopping the spread of AIDS — get educated here!

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CNN's Twenty Year Anniversary
Watch the first broadcast of CNN's 24-hour newscasting history! Choose a year and watch a Quicktime clip of CNN's coverage of John Lennon's assassination, the failure of New Coke or the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Find almost all of the major news events from the 1980s and see how CNN's coverage has changed over the years. Click on "Top Stories by Year" in the Video Archives to start in 1980 with the first broadcast.

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Apple History Gallery
How did a plywood encased experiment for the Homebrew Computer Club evolve into a clam-shaped, Blueberry iBook? Take a look through this Apple gallery and see the transformation from start to finish. Learn codenames, see some of the first Apple print advertisements and find out how Lisa introduced the GUI — which stands for "Graphical User Interface" and is pronounced "gooey." This award-winning student site also offers an extensive history of Apple, Inc. and projections for Apple's future in the PC world.

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