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An article in a recent USA Today reported that in an online survey of 1000 adults, “three-quarters of Americans believe the country was better off in the ‘80s than now.” Notable about the poll was that some who answered in the affirmative weren’t even alive during the 1980s. It seems the ‘80s have become the new ‘50s. In a sense, those polled were on to something. The ‘80s were a grand decade. Compared to the high tax, dollar cheapening, Cold War fearing 1970s, the ‘80s marked a very positive rebirth of the grand idea that was and is the United States. Much like today, many in the ‘70s felt that America’s best days were behind it. Happily, Ronald Reagan felt differently given his belief that as opposed to desire having exited the American spirit, it still existed; the enterprising nature of Americans having been suffocated by bad policy from Washington during the “Me Decade.”
originally posted by: fiverx313
i turn 40 this month.
we had a rotary phone when i was smaller... what a pain in the butt to dial a number, took forever. and plus, if someone wanted to get a hold of you and you weren't home, they just had to try again later. no answering machine, no voicemail.
i did some telemarketing in college, trying to get people who had left AT&T to switch their service back, and get special long-distance rates. we had tables of rates for times, countries, locations... and i got cursed at a lot as soon as people heard me say AT&T.
if you saw someone on a show or a movie and they looked familiar, but you weren't sure where you saw them... get used to living with not knowing. no google, no imdb. my dad still resents that we can just look that up now, while he's still trying to remember.
no computer at home for most of school... papers had to be handwritten and then typed up on the computers at school. then we had a computer, but still no internet. i didn't have internet until i got to college, and got my first email address when i was 18.
no streaming, no tivo, no guarantee a show you liked would last, let alone go into syndication... so if you thought it was good you better tape it with your VCR, and hope you had good timing if you were trying to cut out the commercials.
that's just off the top of my head. i prefer living now, definitely.
ETA: not sure how much of the 'younger generation' is here to read this, hehe
originally posted by: IgnoranceIsntBlisss
I really, REALLY, try not to.
originally posted by: Monsieur Neary
Two memories in particular:
1. Getting my first CD player for my rack system (now *there’s* a phrase) in 1987 and salivating over what CDs to buy first. I ran down to Tower Records and, breezing past the still-substantial vinyl LP section, went to the CD area with all the other cool people and picked out The Cars Greatest Hits and Sgt Peppers.
2. I worked with a guy in the late 80’s who was moonlighting as a salesman for Compuserve. For those that don’t know what that was, drive down to the local library (if it’s open) and ask the nice lady there to help you . Or just use the Internet.
originally posted by: stonerwilliam
a reply to: Groot
Are you from Glasgow and your name is really Get Out as GROOT
the 80s were great man