The decade of the 1980s noted a sudden conversion headed for enhanced conservative outlook after the earth-shattering historical metamorphosis which happened in the 1960s and 1970s.The disease that attacked the immune system was given a name, which was AIDS. The 80's was also a decade of Reaganomics, big hair, bad fashion and great music. A huge variety of music styles emerged in the 80's such as Rap, new wave and big hair rock bands. There was also an accelerated advancement in electronics such as Personal Computers, cd players and gaming systems like Atari and Nintendo. On June 5, 1981; The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that five homosexual men in Los Angeles, California have a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems (these were the first recognized cases of AIDS). Rapid increase of AIDS in the 1980s corresponded to the emergence of the explosive epidemics of recreational drug use in the US and Europe in the 1980s Pop culture and entertainment in the 1980s was filled with triumph and tragedy. The 1980's started off with a bang literally; On December 8, 1980 John Lennon, the outspoken, peace-loving voice of a generation raised on rock 'n' roll, was shot out side of his New York apartment. (wikipedia) He world wads shocked John Lennon was one of the most influential entertainers in music. He used his music as a platform to fight for world peace. The killer was 25 year old Mark Chapman, who earlier in the day had been given an autograph by Lennon. () On August 1, 1981 the Music Television (MTV) was launched. Today, MTV is the No. 1 cable network for the influential age group of 12- to 24-year-olds, and it's viewed in 342 million households worldwide.(Derogatis) MTV was the first station of its kind devoted entirely to music and especially music videos. MTV now has expanded their music empire to motion pictures, reality television, and another channel to extend the video watching. The...
Cited: Encyclopedia Online Wikipedia "Decade:1980 's"
7 November 2005
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