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Old 07-05-2012, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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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'' .


Casy Kasems top 40 was a staple of growing up in the 70s and 80s. If you want to hear it today it is replayed on many oldies stations every Sunday morning. They pick one weeks show and replay it in full, just as it was heard 30 years ago.
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Old 07-06-2012, 03:43 PM
 
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Things were quite a bit different in the 1980's. You didn't need as much money as you do now because there were less things to buy. People cursed less and things seemed much more civilized esp. when it came to Religion and Politics. The economy was not good in the early 80's but by 86, 87 things were better. In my area(upstate NY) you could buy a nice raised ranch house for under 100k.
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Old 07-06-2012, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Things were quite a bit different in the 1980's. You didn't need as much money as you do now because there were less things to buy. People cursed less and things seemed much more civilized esp. when it came to Religion and Politics. The economy was not good in the early 80's but by 86, 87 things were better. In my area(upstate NY) you could buy a nice raised ranch house for under 100k.
Not quite my expereince. People cursed more. Every other word was F88k or some variation. Sex was out of control. Drug use was more rampant (The did a confidential pool in my high school and of 281 seniors, 8 had never use marijuana), but the drugs were different, and did not cause users to want to eat other people. People were extremely hedonistic and success was valued entirely in terms of money and power.

It appears to me today that there are fewer druggies and sluts (male and female), but those who are either, take it to an extreme beyond what we saw (although I have not encountered or heard of any high school kids who have had 8 abortions by graduation).

I find young people today more controlled. Values are more balanced. Young people seem to value time, family, community service more than we did.

One thing has changed for the negative. Education is looked at primarily as a means to an end rather than a goal in itself.

People have become more accepting, especially of homoseuality, but in pretty much everything except Chritianity.

Music is funny, even my kids agree that most modern music is worthless. They lisen to 80s music as much as I do. Much modern music is very similar to 80s music, except the pop is perhaps even more vapid. They have some added genres of music some of which are horrid (screamo) and some entertaining if meangless and devoid of musical quality (dub step)

We were raised beleiving that we would never live to see 30. The world was going to be destroyed. We lived like it was true. the things we did were flat out insane and I do not see kids doign that now (car surfing, jumping off bridges into a river, driving across the country with no money and for no reason, climbing a water tower underconstruciton to have a party in the bowl, blowing up - anything, racing/jumping/wrecking cars). Today's kids seem to take the future into account much more than we did.
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Old 07-06-2012, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Somone reminded me of Cities. Times Square was a pit. Mostly porn places and very dangerous. Some streets in New York, you had to pay a toll to be allowed to walk down the street at night. Downtown Detroit was hirrid and scary (it is actually pretty neat now - note DOWNTOWN - not the city as a whole). Pretty much every City I was familiar with was far far worse (LA, San Diego, Chicago, Santa Ana, Ann Arbor, Cleveland). Pollution was also far far worse. The Coyohoga river in Cleveland burned for days, the Detroit River was brown (supposed to be green like it is now), the air in LA was brown, superfund sites were turning up all over and people were dying.
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Wichita,Kansas
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I was pretty young during the 80s and but seem to remember quite a bit.
People seemed more upbeat in the 80s,although there was this fear of the cold war.
Radio wasnt totally controlled by corporations yet.Rap didnt rule the top 40 like it does now.
Pop Music was sometimes silly and cheesy but so upbeat and full of energy.
The early part of the 80s had many english and european music artists on the U.S. pop scene.

Cartoons were created to sell toys,transformers etc im not sure sat morning cartoons really exist..
Like they used to.The 80s had very distinct fashion,todays clothing doesnt stand out much.
I love the 80s for its upbeat quality and that it was more much innocent than today.
The american family is falling apart,politics are worse than ever,kids are exposed to hardcore porn..
Todays society is much more vulgar and less civil.80s werent perfect of course.
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Old 07-08-2012, 04:26 PM
 
Location: The heart of Cascadia
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Not quite my expereince. People cursed more. Every other word was F88k or some variation. Sex was out of control. Drug use was more rampant (The did a confidential pool in my high school and of 281 seniors, 8 had never use marijuana), but the drugs were different, and did not cause users to want to eat other people. People were extremely hedonistic and success was valued entirely in terms of money and power.

It appears to me today that there are fewer druggies and sluts (male and female), but those who are either, take it to an extreme beyond what we saw (although I have not encountered or heard of any high school kids who have had 8 abortions by graduation).

I find young people today more controlled. Values are more balanced. Young people seem to value time, family, community service more than we did.

One thing has changed for the negative. Education is looked at primarily as a means to an end rather than a goal in itself.

People have become more accepting, especially of homoseuality, but in pretty much everything except Chritianity.

Music is funny, even my kids agree that most modern music is worthless. They lisen to 80s music as much as I do. Much modern music is very similar to 80s music, except the pop is perhaps even more vapid. They have some added genres of music some of which are horrid (screamo) and some entertaining if meangless and devoid of musical quality (dub step)

We were raised beleiving that we would never live to see 30. The world was going to be destroyed. We lived like it was true. the things we did were flat out insane and I do not see kids doign that now (car surfing, jumping off bridges into a river, driving across the country with no money and for no reason, climbing a water tower underconstruciton to have a party in the bowl, blowing up - anything, racing/jumping/wrecking cars). Today's kids seem to take the future into account much more than we did.

Interesting. Yeah I think most things, aside from the pop culture, are better now. I wasn't alive in the eighties, but I do remember the nineties, and I think they also seemed like a crazier time than now in a lot of ways.
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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One other change - Creativity seems to have died out since the 80s. Probably it was on a doward spiral already, but since, it has pretty much died. It is extremely rare for anythign new or indepantly creative to come out of Hollywood int he past ten plus years. Mostly remakes, copies or adaptations of comic books. There are a few excpetions, but very few. Music is pretty much the same. What popular music of today will still be listened to in 2030? Almost nothing. Any artists or arwork of note in the past 15 years? If so I am not aware of them.

Something has supressed creativity. I just hope it is temporary.
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I was watching 80s music videos on VH1, I was born in the early 90s so obviously I can't remember the 80s though im not too far off from them either i can remember the earlier part of the 90s which must have been pretty similar. Overall the world didn't seem too different from how I remember it in the 90s. and the 90s weren't all that different from today in terms of what it felt like to be alive.

Aside from the lack of Internet and personal computers, did people act differently in the 80s? Did people have more manners, cuss less? I know for a fact the 80s had more crime than today, but I also know youth violence wasn't as bad then, it was mostly due to cocaine.

It seems like the 80s are seen as marginally 'old' now. I mean 1980 is 31 years ago. Even to an 80 year old, that's a pretty long time ago (they were only 49 then!). '89 still seems almost recent though.
Very interesting post: no, the 80s were not all that different, the biggest difference, other than the obvious; tech advancements: was probably the kids did not grow up nearly as fast as they do today and drug use was pretty much confined to Pot. Oh, maybe kids tried other, stronger drugs, but not at the rate they do today and not as young. yes, the breakdown of acceptable language has developed in a bad way. In fact what we see on TV is influencing the young children, aiding in their growning up younger each year. I remember when we first got Cable (mid 80s) and there was a program called Brothers, staring none other than Bill Maher. It dealt with 3 brothers, one was gay. OMG, to imagine, that subject would even be discussed. Now, every other program deals with gays, open sex, extra marital affairs, etc.

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Old 07-09-2012, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Interesting. Yeah I think most things, aside from the pop culture, are better now. I wasn't alive in the eighties, but I do remember the nineties, and I think they also seemed like a crazier time than now in a lot of ways.
oh, things may not have changed that much, but I certainly can't say they are better now: we didn't have the high unemployment, we didn't have a war going on, people still showed respect for others, kids paid more attention to their parents. We didn't have the obesity problems we do today because people were not as dependent on tech to do their work for them. The only improvement I can see is, medical advancements.
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:46 PM
 
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We were raised beleiving that we would never live to see 30. The world was going to be destroyed. We lived like it was true. the things we did were flat out insane and I do not see kids doign that now (car surfing, jumping off bridges into a river, driving across the country with no money and for no reason, climbing a water tower underconstruciton to have a party in the bowl, blowing up - anything, racing/jumping/wrecking cars). Today's kids seem to take the future into account much more than we did.
Kids still did those sorts of crazy things as recently as when in my teens/early 20s in the late 90s through the early part of the 00s--but I'm not sure how much has changed in the last ten years. I'm in my early 30s now so I really don't ever talk to anyone under the age of 24...
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