American Culture in the 1980s (Twentieth Century American by Graham Thompson

American Culture in the 1980s (Twentieth Century American by Graham Thompson

By Graham Thompson

This ebook seems past the typical label of 'Ronald Reagan's the US' to chart the advanced intersection of cultures within the Eighties. In doing so it presents an insightful account of the main cultural different types of Nineteen Eighties America—literature and drama; movie and tv; tune and function; paintings and photography—and influential texts and tendencies of the last decade: from White Noise to Wall highway, from Silicon Valley to MTV, and from Madonna to Cindy Sherman. A concentrated bankruptcy considers the altering dynamics of yank tradition in an more and more globalised marketplace.Key beneficial properties: * concentrated case reports that includes key texts, genres, writers, artists and cultural traits* targeted chronology of Nineteen Eighties American tradition* Bibliographies for every bankruptcy* Twelve black and white illustrations

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The launch of the compact disc in 1982 and 1983 offered music companies a new format to go alongside vinyl and tape, not to mention the opportunity to re-release a whole back catalogue of music in the new format. The 1980s, then, was not only an era of new cultural products, it was also a decade of new cultural forms. No longer was one restricted to watching the films put on in a movie theatre or a television schedule. Watching television could mean watching last night’s programmes the following day.

A. Law (1986–94) portrayed the details of yuppie life in a more sympathetic way, and Lawrence Kasdan’s film The Big Chill (1983) offered a sensitive account of the passage from hippie to yuppie amongst a group of college friends, the yuppie was most often the object of satire and criticism. Even among writers like Jay McInerney, Bret Easton Ellis, Tama Janowitz and Jill Eisenstadt, who both wrote about the yuppie experience and were themselves turned into fashionable commodities by the increasing corporatization of The Intellectual Context 13 publishing in the 1980s, there was a desire to expose what was seen to be a moral vacuum at the heart of the yuppie moneymaking enterprise.

Leading up to the 1980s, US stock trading was in a state of depression. Like the rest of the US economy there was little optimism and, in an economy where inflation was at historically high levels, the incentives for investment were limited. Several key developments led to a turnaround in this situation and the implementation of supplyside economic principles was at the heart of this change. 14 Volcker was charged with the task of reducing inflation and set about it by following the supply-side principle of decreasing the Federal Reserve’s money supply, increasing interests rates and reducing lending.

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