FT 06-F Reagan, Rap, and Rambo: America in the 1980's
Jennifer Abbott, Department of Rhetoric
Often referrred to as the "me" decade, the 1980's are frequently belittled as an era of self-indulgence. Yet the 1980s included many events and trends that significantly affect us today, including the birth of videogames and MTV, the conflict of the Cold War and rise of political conservatism, as well as the emergence of the AIDS epidemic and public visibility of the gay and lesbian movement. Even such seemingly trivial productions as the Rambo movie series and rap music both reflectd and influenced our national hopes and fears. We will take a closer look a the United States during the 1980s to better understand how the seemingly disparate aspects of this decade (politics, music, film, etc.) interconnected. We will access the 1980s through a variety of fiction and non-fiction books and films, as well as music, television, and videogames.