We Loved The 80's

As another decade comes to a close, a new poll shows the 1980's were our favorite of the past five decades. The decade that is ending comes in dead last, according to the Pew Research Center, which conducted the survey.

 

I guess I'm not the only one who looks back with fondness to the 1980's.

As another decade comes to a close, a new poll shows the 1980's were our favorite of the past five decades. The decade that is ending comes in dead last, according to the Pew Research Center, which conducted the survey.

So what was it about the 1980's that gives the decade such high marks? I suppose it's who you ask. I get it that some people weren't fans of the 80's. For me, the 1980's were my high school and college years, there was a general sense of optimism throughout the country, we had just come out of an economically challenging time in the 1970's, the country was relatively safe and was looked upon with high regard around the world, the information age was taking off, it seemed like a time of endless and limitless opportunities, and it seemed like there was still a sense of innocence about the country. That's not saying the 80's were perfect.

Fast-forward to the decade coming to a close. The Top 10 words most used to describe the decade were downhill, change, good, poor, decline, disappointing, turbulent/turmoil, chaos/chaotic, not good, bad. Nearly making the Top 10 were disaster and greed.

So how did we go backwards? Could it be that much of the success of the 1980's was because of the foundation laid by so many people in the decades prior, and that the poor ranking of the closing decade is the result of squandering the sacrifices, hard work, and vision of others?

The good news...59 percent of those surveyed believe the next decade will be better, that better times lie ahead.

The challenge, it would seem, isn't just to look back and remember the times, moments, years that we collectively feel were the best. The meaningful task is to look at what we liked about those years and figure out how to achieve that today to make life better for ourselves, our country, and mankind, as we move forward.

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  • by Endurance Swimmer Location: Greenville on Jan 5, 2010 at 10:42 PM
    Yes, I graduated in '83, and the music and movies were definetely "rad"!
  • by Dave on Dec 29, 2009 at 10:36 PM
    Music of the 80's was AWESOME!!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 29, 2009 at 01:49 AM
    No way 70's music wins. Early 80's in rock and the rest of the 80's big hair bands rule.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Dec 27, 2009 at 02:53 AM
    I'm a bit younger; I was in grade school in the '80s, but the '80s were indeed fun. Computers and video games took off, and while we still had the classic cartoons, the ones actually from the '80s were pretty good -- this was just before we started getting them all from Japan. (The '90s caught that bullet near the end of the decade, but still caught it.) Politically, Reagan was a president that was generally liked by both parties and, I think, most people. The economy was fine. Musically the '70s wins, but '80s beats it for movies, even though 1977 saw the first Star Wars. Should be noted though that these polls are usually a scam. I wasn't asked and I'd be willing to bet nobody I know was, either. Were you asked? In any case, let's hope the 2010s are better.
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