History UsefulNotes / TheEighties

14th Oct '17 3:16:31 PM nombretomado
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* In North America, the first really successful fourth TV network since the DuMont folded began with the FoxTelevisionNetwork, which began with their first hit, ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet'', that made Creator/JohnnyDepp a star (if one really uncomfortable as a TeenIdol...).

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* In North America, the first really successful fourth TV network since the DuMont Creator/DuMont folded began with the FoxTelevisionNetwork, Creator/FoxTelevisionNetwork, which began with their first hit, ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet'', that made Creator/JohnnyDepp a star (if one really uncomfortable as a TeenIdol...).
9th Sep '17 4:35:19 PM nombretomado
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* In live theater, the 1980s was the decade of the "megamusical" -- lavish productions with premises ranging from whimsical (''Theatre/{{Cats}}'', ''Theatre/StarlightExpress'') to highly dramatic (''Theatre/LesMiserables''), but all marked by scores that mixed pop sounds with "traditional" and operatic styles and a tendency towards BIG emotions and BIG showstoppers. The theatrical equivalents of the SummerBlockbuster, and often regarded with just as much disdain by professional critics, SceneryPorn and CostumePorn were the order of the day in these shows. Many were the musical work of British composer AndrewLloydWebber, and most premiered in London's West End before launching sister productions in New York City and elsewhere. Lloyd Webber's career and the megamusical as a whole reached a peak with 1986's ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', with the media hype surrounding the show's Broadway debut in 1988 comparable to that of any Hollywood blockbuster of the era.

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* In live theater, the 1980s was the decade of the "megamusical" -- lavish productions with premises ranging from whimsical (''Theatre/{{Cats}}'', ''Theatre/StarlightExpress'') to highly dramatic (''Theatre/LesMiserables''), but all marked by scores that mixed pop sounds with "traditional" and operatic styles and a tendency towards BIG emotions and BIG showstoppers. The theatrical equivalents of the SummerBlockbuster, and often regarded with just as much disdain by professional critics, SceneryPorn and CostumePorn were the order of the day in these shows. Many were the musical work of British composer AndrewLloydWebber, Creator/AndrewLloydWebber, and most premiered in London's West End before launching sister productions in New York City and elsewhere. Lloyd Webber's career and the megamusical as a whole reached a peak with 1986's ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', with the media hype surrounding the show's Broadway debut in 1988 comparable to that of any Hollywood blockbuster of the era.
13th May '17 4:09:30 PM nombretomado
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* {{MTV}} was born August 1, 1981, playing music videos all day, everyday.

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* {{MTV}} Creator/{{MTV}} was born August 1, 1981, playing music videos all day, everyday.
13th May '17 1:19:01 PM nombretomado
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* In the UK, meanwhile, Creator/TheBBC went through a DorkAge due to funding problems and allegations of political bias from both [[MargaretThatcher the Thatcher government]] and the unions. Creator/{{ITV}} took advantage, its edgier programming allowing it to sap viewers from what was seen as a stale, safe, and dry Auntie Beeb. Lastly, Creator/{{Channel 4}} was established in 1982 in order to break the [=BBC/ITV=] duopoly, and at the time was known as the most high-brow and intellectual of Britain's TV networks -- [[NetworkDecay a far cry]] from [[LowestCommonDenominator its current reputation]].

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* In the UK, meanwhile, Creator/TheBBC went through a DorkAge due to funding problems and allegations of political bias from both [[MargaretThatcher [[UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher the Thatcher government]] and the unions. Creator/{{ITV}} took advantage, its edgier programming allowing it to sap viewers from what was seen as a stale, safe, and dry Auntie Beeb. Lastly, Creator/{{Channel 4}} was established in 1982 in order to break the [=BBC/ITV=] duopoly, and at the time was known as the most high-brow and intellectual of Britain's TV networks -- [[NetworkDecay a far cry]] from [[LowestCommonDenominator its current reputation]].
7th Apr '17 4:00:30 PM nombretomado
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* Personal computers (particularly the UsefulNotes/AppleII and, across ThePond, the UsefulNotes/BBCMicro) made their grand entrance into education during this decade, especially around the midpoint and after. Schools built dedicated computer labs to teach students typing, a skill that they (correctly) guessed would become very important in the coming years for more than just secretaries. These school computers also had games like ''VideoGame/TheOregonTrail'', loved by teachers for its ability to teach students history, and loved by students for granting them the opportunity to shoot everything between the Mississippi River and the Willamette Valley.

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* Personal computers (particularly the UsefulNotes/AppleII and, across ThePond, UsefulNotes/ThePond, the UsefulNotes/BBCMicro) made their grand entrance into education during this decade, especially around the midpoint and after. Schools built dedicated computer labs to teach students typing, a skill that they (correctly) guessed would become very important in the coming years for more than just secretaries. These school computers also had games like ''VideoGame/TheOregonTrail'', loved by teachers for its ability to teach students history, and loved by students for granting them the opportunity to shoot everything between the Mississippi River and the Willamette Valley.
21st Dec '16 9:13:02 AM TMNTFanGirl
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* Most of the fashion trends that people tend to associate with the 1980s didn't really occur until the second half of the decade--in fact, much of the fashion of the late 1970s was still in style back in the early 1980s.



* Coca-Cola and Pepsi were at each other's throats during the "Cola Wars", pulling out all the stops with their advertising. In 1985, Coke garnered quite a bit of controversy by reformulating their classic recipe, causing sales to plummet. They had quickly switched back to the old, marketing it as "Coca-Cola Classic", thus saving sales.
* Similarly, [=McDonald's=] and Burger King were undergoing a "Fast Food War" similar to this.

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* Coca-Cola and Pepsi were at each other's throats during the "Cola Wars", Wars," pulling out all the stops with their advertising. In 1985, Coke garnered quite a bit of controversy by reformulating their classic recipe, causing sales to plummet. They had quickly switched back to the old, marketing it as "Coca-Cola Classic", thus saving sales.
* ** Similarly, [=McDonald's=] and Burger King were undergoing a "Fast Food War" similar to this.
12th Nov '16 4:21:13 PM nombretomado
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* In North America, the first really successful fourth TV network since the DuMont folded began with the FoxTelevisionNetwork, which began with their first hit, ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet'', that made JohnnyDepp a star (if one really uncomfortable as a TeenIdol...).

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* In North America, the first really successful fourth TV network since the DuMont folded began with the FoxTelevisionNetwork, which began with their first hit, ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet'', that made JohnnyDepp Creator/JohnnyDepp a star (if one really uncomfortable as a TeenIdol...).
29th Oct '16 11:41:30 AM nombretomado
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* Creator/{{Atari}} and its [[UsefulNotes/{{Atari2600}} 2600]] system were leading the way during UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfVideoGames in America, along with dingy arcades as everyone got PacManFever. Unfortunately, it was followed in 1983 by [[TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983 The Crash]]. All it took was a Japanese company by the name of Creator/{{Nintendo}} and its [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem little gray toaster]] ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And a Robotic Operating Buddy!]]) to change it all back in '85. Mario and Luigi went on to become household names with ''Videogame/SuperMarioBros'', and was the best-selling video game of all time until ''Videogame/WiiSports'' (also made by Nintendo) stole its thunder in '09. Most parents and MoralGuardians weren't too concerned about home computer games at the time, instead focusing their worries on arcades, which were viewed as hangouts for juvenile delinquents and gangs.

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* Creator/{{Atari}} and its [[UsefulNotes/{{Atari2600}} 2600]] system were leading the way during UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfVideoGames in America, along with dingy arcades as everyone got PacManFever. Unfortunately, it was followed in 1983 by [[TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983 [[UsefulNotes/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983 The Crash]]. All it took was a Japanese company by the name of Creator/{{Nintendo}} and its [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem little gray toaster]] ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And a Robotic Operating Buddy!]]) to change it all back in '85. Mario and Luigi went on to become household names with ''Videogame/SuperMarioBros'', and was the best-selling video game of all time until ''Videogame/WiiSports'' (also made by Nintendo) stole its thunder in '09. Most parents and MoralGuardians weren't too concerned about home computer games at the time, instead focusing their worries on arcades, which were viewed as hangouts for juvenile delinquents and gangs.
16th Sep '16 1:43:32 PM FF32
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** Anime and manga were first introduced to the world on a wide scale as something other than adapted "kid stuff," including what was widely recognized as the first mature dramatic animated film, ''Anime/{{Akira}}'', and of course, {{hentai}}. Japanese companies widely owned entertainment as well, from TV and music including Sony having bought out Columbia Pictures (having been spun off into it's own company by Coca-Cola after a number of high-profile flops), and purchasing record labels globally as well.

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** Anime and manga were first introduced to the world on a wide scale as something other than adapted "kid stuff," including what was widely recognized as the first mature dramatic animated film, ''Anime/{{Akira}}'', ''Manga/{{Akira}}'', and of course, {{hentai}}. Japanese companies widely owned entertainment as well, from TV and music including Sony having bought out Columbia Pictures (having been spun off into it's own company by Coca-Cola after a number of high-profile flops), and purchasing record labels globally as well.
28th Apr '16 4:39:01 PM momotaro
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** Computers like the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altair_8800 Altair]] and the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRS-80 TRS-80]] were available in kit form. However they were the province of hobbyists. They pioneered DIY computers, and with the TRS-80, portable computers. Laptops and DIY computers we know today would only takeoff in the next decade.
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