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

By Graham Thompson

This e-book appears to be like past the typical label of 'Ronald Reagan's the US' to chart the complicated intersection of cultures within the Nineteen Eighties. In doing so it presents an insightful account of the most important cultural sorts of Nineteen Eighties America—literature and drama; movie and tv; song and function; paintings and photography—and influential texts and traits of the last decade: from White Noise to Wall road, from Silicon Valley to MTV, and from Madonna to Cindy Sherman. A centred bankruptcy considers the altering dynamics of yankee tradition in an more and more globalised marketplace.Key good points: * concentrated case experiences that includes key texts, genres, writers, artists and cultural traits* distinct chronology of Eighties American tradition* Bibliographies for every bankruptcy* Twelve black and white illustrations

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New cable and satellite networks facilitated the transition of religion to the media age. The money these Christian groups and media networks raised meant that they needed sophisticated organizational structures and they were quick to diversify into other areas. Jim Bakker and his wife, Tammy Faye, opened a Christian theme park in 1978 called Heritage USA and by the mid-1980s this had become the third most popular theme park in America, attracting six million people a year and employing two thousand staff.

39 With a battle between orthodoxy and progressivism, and the public culture that is ‘the repository of the symbols of national life and purpose’,40 Hunter argues that the culture wars are ‘largely a discourse of elites’41 in a culture increasingly replete with knowledge workers – lobbyists, journalists, academics, religious and political leaders, lawyers and so on. The shift from an industrial to an information economy, which quickened during the 1980s, saw a huge increase in the number of people for whom control of knowledge and information was a key part of the way they made a living.

This reassessment was helped, and prompted, by the public reassessment of the sexuality of celebrity figures. Rock Hudson died from AIDS on October 2 1985. Rumours that he was suffering from the disease had circulated since earlier that year. Following his death, Hudson’s homosexuality became common knowledge to the nation rather than just common knowledge inside Hollywood. ’ The fact that that face was gay did not seem to register as much as Hudson’s celebrity status as a heterosexual hero of 1960s romantic comedies where he starred alongside that paragon of American Christian femininity, Doris Day.

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