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2013-01-27 01:11:24 PM  

studs up: skinink: No personal computers, cell phones or internet back in 1980. Looking back, it was like being a caveman compared to today.

Stupid people actually went out in public to have a good time. trogs


Most of the time back then we went to other people's houses (or hosted) to play games and/or BBQ/grill, bday parties, drink in the woods, have bonfires, go to rock concerts, the beach, amusement parks, or just outside to work on the yard or cars or...

TV was a 28 inch cathode ray tube in a wooden cabinet, nice as furniture.

We were BUSY back then, and there was a much richer social life in comparison.
 
2013-01-27 01:15:58 PM  
I'm sorry, this infographic has got to be wrong. It says that the government is almost exactly the same size now as when St. Reagan was in office. I was told on VERY GOOD AUTHORITY that we're now the most socialist commie nation that ever socialized, because of Fartbongo and his commie socialist policies. That graph should have the government line going to AT LEAST 70% of the economy.
 
2013-01-27 01:16:22 PM  

Mugato: studs up: skinink: No personal computers, cell phones or internet back in 1980. Looking back, it was like being a caveman compared to today.

Stupid people actually went out in public to have a good time. trogs

People always think that everyone was so different in the good ole days. The same people who sit in front of computers now sat in front of the TV then. Sure when we all had to farm and shiat, people got outside more but that was a long ass time ago. Certainly not in the 1980s.


You say that as if it is a fact. I'm fairly sure that if we cranked up the wayback machine and compared the amount of time kids spent outside in the 80s v. 10s, we would find a significant difference. The same goes for young adults at party times, Fri/Sat night. Quite frankly, you may be over estimating the quality of tv programming available way back when. Also, no remotes. The Horror.

I'm not saying there hasn't always been lazy anti social bastards in the basement, it is just a percentage question. Besides, our parents used to kick us out of the house, not helicopter around cooing about every precious moment by and large.
/Your experience may differ
 
2013-01-27 01:21:43 PM  
One thing that has caught my attention for years in regards to inflation. The general lack of inflation for a 2 Liter of Coke/Pepsi.

99 cents in the grocery store around 1980. Around $1.20 or so these days. Crazier is that you pay more for a 20 ounce version of the same beverage.
 
2013-01-27 01:24:46 PM  

skinink: No personal computers, cell phones or internet back in 1980. Looking back, it was like being a caveman compared to today.


wow, wrong on all three of those...
 
2013-01-27 01:29:05 PM  

wrs1864: skinink: No personal computers, cell phones or internet back in 1980. Looking back, it was like being a caveman compared to today.

wow, wrong on all three of those...


Not for most people. My family didn't have a computer or internet until 1996 and no cell phones until 2001. We were earlier on both of those than most of my friends' families.

Also, a keen eye could spot a few differences between the 1980 incarnations of those things and what we have now, with the proper training.
 
2013-01-27 01:32:52 PM  

Mugato: Oldiron_79: THIS 1980 had quite a few good albums released in it. Back in Black, Ace of Spades, British Steel, Iron Maiden, Blizzard of Oz, Heaven and Hell and thats just off the top of my head I'm sure there are more.

Like I said before, rock music, of course. I'm a little out of touch to know what's going on right now in the underground/club rock scene but there is no radio rock right now and there hasn't been for a long ass time.


In my opinion, we're currently living through a golden age of rock/pop music.

The problem is that we are also living through a golden age of media consolidation that is preventing anyone but hipsters from hearing new artists.
 
2013-01-27 01:36:48 PM  
1980-1984 were the years I was in high school, so I'm really getting a kick out of these replies....

There were certainly people talking about legalized marijuana use in 1980, and there was a sort of "wink-wink" "nudge-nudge" speakeasy attitude towards recreational marijuana smoking that went on, where if you were caught with minor amounts of the stuff the cops would just confiscate it if you weren't otherwise being an asshole and didn't mouth off to the cop. (And, presumably, where white.) Items associated with stoner culture were sold openly and it wasn't uncommon to have at least one record store in town that was a head shop as well. It wasn't uncommon to walk down the street in midtown Manhattan and smell someone puffing away.

That attitude all but disappeared with the shift in production and importation from marijuana (remember "Save the Bales"?) to cocaine. Other things that killed it were the heavy-handed enforcement efforts that accompanied the effort to eradicate the trade in crack, and widespread employment-related drug testing. In 1980 a lot of people assumed that MJ would be legal by the end of the decade; by the end of the decade, MJ legalization seemed nearly an impossibility.
 
2013-01-27 01:37:10 PM  

studs up: You say that as if it is a fact. I'm fairly sure

 
2013-01-27 01:48:24 PM  
Top Songs
1980: Call Me
2012: Call Me Maybe
2044: Consider Not Calling Me
2076: Don't Farking Call Me!
 
2013-01-27 01:49:03 PM  

DO NOT WANT Poster Girl: studs up: skinink: No personal computers, cell phones or internet back in 1980. Looking back, it was like being a caveman compared to today.

Stupid people actually went out in public to have a good time. trogs

Most of the time back then we went to other people's houses (or hosted) to play games and/or BBQ/grill, bday parties, drink in the woods, have bonfires, go to rock concerts, the beach, amusement parks, or just outside to work on the yard or cars or...

TV was a 28 inch cathode ray tube in a wooden cabinet, nice as furniture.

We were BUSY back then, and there was a much richer social life in comparison.


As someone who grew up in an extremely rural area, I couldn't disagree more.

I was the only nerd in a town full of.....perfectly nice....."rural folk".....and my world effectively began the day we were able to access dial-up internet.
 
2013-01-27 01:49:41 PM  

LewDux: studs up: You say that as if it is a fact. I'm fairly sure


missing the point of your edit
 
2013-01-27 01:56:17 PM  

wrs1864: skinink: No personal computers, cell phones or internet back in 1980. Looking back, it was like being a caveman compared to today.

wow, wrong on all three of those...


Listen, I know computers were out there but not widespread as they are now. How many households (What percentage of the population) back then compared to now had a computer? Or an internet connection? And how frequently did you see brick cellphones in use then? My point is at this time it's more common to see all three in someone's home than it would have been back then.
 
2013-01-27 02:26:32 PM  

thurstonxhowell: wrs1864: skinink: No personal computers, cell phones or internet back in 1980. Looking back, it was like being a caveman compared to today.

wow, wrong on all three of those...

Not for most people. My family didn't have a computer or internet until 1996 and no cell phones until 2001. We were earlier on both of those than most of my friends' families.

Also, a keen eye could spot a few differences between the 1980 incarnations of those things and what we have now, with the proper training.


In 1980, I used primarily 60-bit computers with plasma panels and touch screens (CDC plato systems). We had games, forums (notes), email (pnotes), instant messenger (term-talk), etc.

Yes, today's systems have a huge amount more eye-candy, but in games, all too often eye-candy has replaced strategy/thinking. Actually, similar things could be said about forums/email/IM.

Yes, things have become both more common and cheaper now, but the key functionality of these systems have been around for many decades. We weren't "like being a caveman compared to today". Especially not when you think about all the anti-science people today. We may well be more like cavemen today.
 
2013-01-27 02:32:15 PM  

studs up: LewDux: studs up: You say that as if it is a fact. I'm fairly sure

missing the point of your edit


1. You dismiss the other guy's claims for not having any facts or statistics to back it up.
2. You then immediately present your argument with opinion and postulations without having any facts or statistics to back it up.
 
2013-01-27 02:35:24 PM  
Medical reefer, Maryland and DC dumbasses. How did you get Delaware and not Md?
 
2013-01-27 03:08:26 PM  
It's almost as if the 19 year olds in 1980 were 49 (or dead) in 2010.
 
2013-01-27 03:13:50 PM  

Slow of Wit: Hmm. Sort of interesting. More curious about a comparison of economic numbers.


The fact that gas has risen as much as homes and bacon was oddly compelling. On the one hand, it hasn't risen a thousand percent like I thought it had. On the other, holy fark homes and gas are expensive, ditto bacon.
 
2013-01-27 03:57:17 PM  
How America Has Changed

Fewer people today know the chase music from The Benny Hill Show ("Yakkety-Sax") than at any time since the Inauguration of Ronald Wilson Reagan.

The Republican Party has gone over to the Dark Side. Batshiat insane opinions and beliefs once restricted only to gap-toothed hillbillies from the more depressed regions of the Ozarks are now current dogma in the GOP highest ranks and pushed by pundits loyal to the Voice of the Beast, FoxNews.

Television turned out to be a fad.

Cable TV used to be the primary source of pornography in hotels and motels. It is now a secondary purveyor of political pornography lifted wholesale from the web.

General Franco is still dead.
 
2013-01-27 04:42:10 PM  
Reagan wasn't president in 1980. Oh no he wasn't. No. No. No. In 1980, Jimmy Carter was president. All year long. Get it right, CNN. When Jimmy Carter was president, even I was in the 0-24 age group. Not so when Reagan was president. That is all.
 
2013-01-27 04:49:58 PM  

Mikeyworld: A Terrible Human: But what does Other Barry think about this?

Who? White? or Manilow?


Goldwater?
 
2013-01-27 06:05:15 PM  

Kevin72: Mikeyworld: A Terrible Human: But what does Other Barry think about this?

Who? White? or Manilow?

Goldwater?


Bostwick?
 
2013-01-27 07:10:53 PM  

the_vegetarian_cannibal: studs up: LewDux: studs up: You say that as if it is a fact. I'm fairly sure

missing the point of your edit

1. You dismiss the other guy's claims for not having any facts or statistics to back it up.
2. You then immediately present your argument with opinion and postulations without having any facts or statistics to back it up.


He made a statement postulated as fact.
I surmised and said so.
There is a difference.
 
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