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Old 07-03-2012, 03:26 PM
 
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Technology - way different
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Old 07-03-2012, 03:54 PM
 
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Today's teenagers would be lost in the 1980's. Literally-there was no GPS. They could not text or email their friends, chances are there would be no computer. Music? You mean you had to buy a tape? Let's watch a movie. What is that big thing you put into the player? Cameras that used film, you mean I can't shoot a picture and instantly send it?
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Old 07-03-2012, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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Today's teenagers would be lost in the 1980's. Literally-there was no GPS. They could not text or email their friends, chances are there would be no computer. Music? You mean you had to buy a tape? Let's watch a movie. What is that big thing you put into the player? Cameras that used film, you mean I can't shoot a picture and instantly send it?

Most of them would not survive lol. Todays kids are so technolically focused that they would not know what to do without the internet, cell phones etc. The early computers of the 1980s were nothing more than big calculators, kids today would not even consider them computers. Tapes and records?? they wouldnt get that either. Many of them are so used to communicating with tech gagets that they would not know how to have the kind of real interaction that people used to have. If you took an average 20 year old and put him in a time machine, sent him back to 1982 that would likely be the end of that young persons sanity. They would end up in the wacko ward.
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:08 AM
 
Location: Casablanca,Morocco
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im 57

the 80s rent was cheaper 200 for a studio apt

had a shortwave radio ,TV ,no telephone , cassette player ,record player,no land line,less crime

real music- real people

you cant imagine how life was better
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Old 07-04-2012, 02:01 AM
 
Location: Montgomery County, MD
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Wow lots of the old people here are painting the 80's to be some paradise, very inaccurate rose colored glasses

- Kids were just as hooked on video games, the 80's is when kids stopped playing outside and either had a Nintendo or would head to the arcade with a sack of quarters.

- Public schools were every bit the zoos they are now if not worse. Now they have zero-tolerance laws for stuff like bringing in a gun, back then you probably wouldn't even get expelled.

- People were more patriotic and religious. Huge hit movies like Rocky IV were laughably corny and pro America. People went to church more, pretty much everyone I knew back then was Christian with a good number of Jews thrown in. There wasn't nearly as much anti-Muslim sentiment as few people were too aware of Islam since more were focused on the Soviets.

- There was a lot less tolerance of gays. Having a TV show with a gay star was unthinkable back then and there were practically no openly gay entertainers, even George Michael and Richard Simmons were in the closet.

- There weren't that many Latin people. When I was a kid I and my family were the only Latinos I knew, there were just whites, blacks and a few Asians. By the 90s my town near DC became majority Latino and there's really few places in America that don't have Latinos like there was back then.

- Inner cities were horrible crime filled places and no rich people lived in downtown areas except in NYC and San Fran. Young people aspired to live in a nice suburban house in a quiet neighborhood compared to now where a lot of young people live in the city. Only academics had heard of the concept of "gentrification".

- Music was way worse than now, especially by the late 80's when the biggest acts were New Kids on the Block, Bon Jovi, Richard Marx, Michael Jackson, Tiffany and Milli Vanilli. All the good bands from the 60's and 70's had turned to godawful soft rock like Starship, Eric Clapton, Chicago and Bruce Springsteen. Now there's a ton of good indie music and if you hate the radio, you can go on Youtube, Pandora or Spotify and listen to good stuff. Back then you'd have to shill out $ to get anything decent at Tower Records and it was hit and miss.

- Politicians were just as corrupt but more moderate. There were a lot of conservative Democrats and liberal Republicans. Racist right wing nutjobs like Jesse Helms were the exception whereas now every Republican is like that.
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Old 07-04-2012, 08:10 AM
 
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The best song I've heard on the subject.

Bowling For Soup - 1985 - YouTube
I doubt times will ever be that good again, I hope I'm wrong.
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Old 07-04-2012, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Casablanca,Morocco
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john lennon was killed in 1980 and things got worse from there
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Old 07-04-2012, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL SouthWest Suburbs
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im 57

the 80s rent was cheaper 200 for a studio apt

had a shortwave radio ,TV ,no telephone , cassette player ,record player,no land line,less crime

real music- real people

you cant imagine how life was better
Your post reminded me of when people used to have a cb in their car.

That was the social networking of the 80's , no twitter , city data forum, facebook.

In addition to this try telling a kid these days about fine tuning an antennae so you could have a clear reception on the tv.

Another thing I really miss is the album art that came along with the records.
and how they used to print the words to the songs on the jacket.

Speaking of music the 80's also had music stores.
I dont even really honestly know if they even have music stores anymore.

Used to look forward every month to getting the latest MAD magazine or cracked magazine.
another example of not even knowing if these old relics are still around.

We used to also get our news at the END of the day and on the evening news as there really was not a 24-7 news cycle that you have today and for the most part you had to read the paper to catch up on a story sometimes.

Guess someday in the future some of todays kids will be communicating about how it was in the decade of the 10's!
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:53 PM
 
Location: The heart of Cascadia
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Your post reminded me of when people used to have a cb in their car.

That was the social networking of the 80's , no twitter , city data forum, facebook.

In addition to this try telling a kid these days about fine tuning an antennae so you could have a clear reception on the tv.

Another thing I really miss is the album art that came along with the records.
and how they used to print the words to the songs on the jacket.

Speaking of music the 80's also had music stores.
I dont even really honestly know if they even have music stores anymore.

Used to look forward every month to getting the latest MAD magazine or cracked magazine.
another example of not even knowing if these old relics are still around.

We used to also get our news at the END of the day and on the evening news as there really was not a 24-7 news cycle that you have today and for the most part you had to read the paper to catch up on a story sometimes.

Guess someday in the future some of todays kids will be communicating about how it was in the decade of the 10's!

Here in Portland, Oregon, they still have music stores.
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Old 07-05-2012, 08:58 AM
 
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Who remembers on the radio on sunday mornings during the 80's the two program shows known as ''Flashback'' and ''Casy Kasem's Top 40'' .
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