Everyone talks about the 60s, though most talk about the 60s is about the early 70s, but now there’s evidence the 80s are becoming the new 60s!
What is your favorite thing about the 80s?
From the bad hair and loud clothing to the politicians and leaders — a new survey shows that three-quarters of Americans believe the country was better off in the ’80s than now.
“The ’80s is the first time when we were exposed to the kind of mass media immersion that we now take for granted — we were a blank slate,” said David Sirota, author of Back to Our Future. “The ’80s is the first time cultural messages were able to be sent in ubiquitous and powerful ways and to be repeated over and over and over again.”
So what defined the beloved ’80s?
Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Princess Diana, Cabbage Patch Kids, Rubik’s Cubes, Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros., Reese’s Pieces and dance moves like the Robot and Moonwalk.
As for the decade’s most significant moment, about 37% of those surveyed listed the fall of the Berlin Wall, 24% said the identification of AIDS, and 17% said the Challenger explosion.
When asked if a presidential election were held today, 58% said they would vote for Reagan over Barack Obama.
The online survey of 1,000 adults by Kelton Research for National Geographic Channel also found that Back to the Future was the ’80s’ defining film.