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Old 08-09-2012, 06:57 PM
 
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Well there was no AIDS until the latter part of it. Thanks Rock Hudson. The music is definitely the BEAST! compared to today's crap music if u can even call it that.

MTV shows 24/7 music videos. Unlike their today's garbage show. Jersey Shore any1?
I Blame the real world reality show for ruining MTV and grunge for causing headbangers ball to jump the shark.

and thank god the crappy jersey shore is going off the air after 6 horrible seasons, at least we can relieve that.
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:05 AM
 
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Well there was no AIDS until the latter part of it. Thanks Rock Hudson. The music is definitely the BEAST! compared to today's crap music if u can even call it that.

MTV shows 24/7 music videos. Unlike their today's garbage show. Jersey Shore any1?
AIDS was there, but it didn't get popular mainstream media attention until the latter part of the 1980s. That there was "something" out there was being discussed much earlier, at least in the Gay community. I'll never forget the first article I read about it early in the decade. The mainstream media initially had it's field day with it, and then started to get quiet about it, but that changed. Yes, I remember AIDS putting a great damper (if that is the correct word, it's late) on that decade for me. That really was lousy, for me at least. I stopped going out, even for just a casual drink!

I agree with you about the music and MTV. I thought I must be the oldest person to be watching MTV! Of course, we didn't have Serius satellite radio back then. Not that I didn't wish for commercial-free radio!
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:12 AM
 
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The biggest difference is that everything is against the law today. We have lost a lot of personal freedom since the '80s.
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:04 AM
 
Location: PA (work in NJ)
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The biggest difference is that everything is against the law today. We have lost a lot of personal freedom since the '80s.

Too many people don't realize this! Even apart from all the bigger, more sweeping State and federal laws and regulations, just considering all the little "nanny state" laws and ordinances we are under the thumb of, we've lost huge amounts of individual freedom.
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Old 08-14-2012, 07:02 PM
 
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The biggest difference is that everything is against the law today. We have lost a lot of personal freedom since the '80s.
Except now this is a whole lot worse.
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Old 08-17-2012, 02:19 PM
 
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Big trends seldom begin or end in a neat 10 year span that starts at the beginning 0 and ends at the 9. The 50's was a continuation of the 40's until 1955, the year when Elvis, Bill Hayley, and other early rock artists made the first serious inroads into popular music. 1955 was also the year when American cars all started looking sharp, with the tail fins and zoomy lines that finally conquered 20 years of round separate fenders.
it was the year when new, bright color schemes became popular. pink & black, turquoise & white, hot red with either black or white, etc.

The same was true with the 60's. That decade didn't really start to have distinctive trends of it's own until 1965, the year of the hippies and the San Francisco scene.

1980 was one of the rare decades that actually started defining itself in 1980. The country had been in through a bad time during the last half of the 70's, with Viet Nam lingering on, Watergate, a short but deep recession and other events. By 1980, people were ready to party, and they did!
Good point. The same can be said for this decade as well though. Just look at how much has changed since 2009-2010. Before 2009 fashion still looked like it was from the 90s for the most part and the music still had a 90s sound. I started noticing this stuff slowly changing around the later part of 2009-2010 to prepare for this decade.
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:42 PM
 
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Basically the 80s and this decade
I was in my 20's, single, partying like mad!

Today?

$250,000 mortgage debt, no hair, and 15 (let's be kind) pounds overweight.
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:42 PM
 
Location: NY, NY
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I Blame the 1990's for the downfall of the culture, the beginning of the end.
I would actually say it happened more in the 2000s when the Internet took off. The 90s were probably the last heyday of US cultural hegemony.
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:39 PM
 
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I would actually say it happened more in the 2000s when the Internet took off. The 90s were probably the last heyday of US cultural hegemony.
That's your Opinion, but the 90's was really the start of the end of the culture and the internet didn't take off until the 1990's as well.
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Old 08-21-2012, 11:53 AM
 
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I don't know if it's because I'm a few decades older, but people seem a lot more afraid today than we did in the Eighties.
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