Back to 'The '80s'

Nat Geo explores "the decade that made us." Run-D.M.C. stops by "Nightline."
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You know what what goes around comes around especially when it comes to history and when it comes to history it may be that no decade has had a larger impact on our 21 century life. -- the 1980s. From fashion to music to politics. It was -- David Wright remembers the pop culture volcano. Decades and shows us why the eruption is far from forgotten. It was the era of big hair and big cell -- did Ronald Reagan. -- down this wall and roof fixed -- In the eighties Michael Jackson moonwalk. Michael Jordan. That Michael Jordan silhouette the one man kind of flying over everybody else that that in many ways. Exemplifies the 1980s. And that notion of meaning me I I I. About the only thing that hasn't changed a bit since the eighties. Is rob Lowe's face. In many ways we are still telling ourselves the same stories we started telling ourselves in the night. -- -- so many of the things that we've completely. Come to take the balances line cellphones school. -- dollars and raising money for each hour see people in the end of the -- -- Or happened in a really short space of time and real moment of immigrants for the whole world and the. Apple in the eighty's Gordon -- what was the Macintosh clunky ancestor to the iPhone. Just his power -- Precursor to a call of duty and the other elaborate video games -- today. Sure Jane Fonda's work out -- looked dated today it's the ultimate ninety day home fitness program but -- Next three decades from now. The -- economy symbolized by Gordon got one of his leaving -- yuppies on wall. We see. -- -- -- -- Is good but unfortunately Gordon Gekko is still so relevant and -- it mobile phone. They latest sequel twenty years later. Soundtrack of the decade. Well hopefully this go down it. And the flock of -- -- has since run away. But musically -- new spaceship landed in the late 1970s. Bringing with a -- -- favorite thing it's empty. Run DMC taught us to walk this way. The thing that's gonna I'll -- old school to prop -- Whether you kind of dirt poor ghetto but -- in the Beverly Hills. Whether we just moments in the city but whether -- -- high school and college. When you -- that old school hip hop music and clearly -- because it's not just about one class of people it's about all of us. We're now as far away from the eighties as happy days was from the fifties but you haven't touched your DN -- love that this. Remember back to the future. -- embodied by Michael J. Fox. Also pretty ambivalent about the sixties casing point -- time. The show family ties is fundamentally about a -- Alex. Negatively reacting to his parents sixties -- Doing this anyway -- cooking is women sort we're still stuck in that story who's Paul Ryan's Alex -- -- all grown. I'm David Wright for Nightline in Los Angeles.

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