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Why Is DL So Obsessed With The 1980s?

One thread after the next about something related to the '80s. Did you all come of age in that era or something?

by Anonymousreply 3707/12/2013

Most of us, yes.

Congratulations, Sherlock. Mystery solved!

by Anonymousreply 107/11/2013

HELLO! We all 'came out' around 1979!

by Anonymousreply 207/11/2013

r1, come back when you've come up with something that makes sense. Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 307/11/2013

The 80s were so cool. I'd rather have threads on that than ones on Aubrey Hepburn all the damn time

by Anonymousreply 407/11/2013

[quote]The 80s were so cool

Reagan, AIDS?

by Anonymousreply 507/11/2013

Art, music, fashion, clubs. It was all so much fin then. I know everyone probably thinks fondly of their formative years but the 80s, at least the stuff I was into, had a punk/DIY thing about it. You didn't have to be rich to look cool or to go out.

by Anonymousreply 607/11/2013

Because they are in their 80s and it was the last time they were socially/sexually active.

by Anonymousreply 707/11/2013

[quote]You didn't have to be rich to look cool or to go out.

Really? It was the era of the Yuppie, consumerism, and shallowness. The problems we face to today pretty much all stem back to that era. It was the Reagan Revolution.

by Anonymousreply 807/11/2013

Well, if these polls are to be believed, the majority of DLers were born between 1965 - 1878, which means that they would have come of age during the 1980s.

by Anonymousreply 907/11/2013

[quote]Well, if these polls are to be believed, the majority of DLers were born between 1965 - 1878,

Closer to the latter.

by Anonymousreply 1007/11/2013

It used to be the 70s all the time on here. I guess they've moved on.

[quote]You didn't have to be rich to look cool or to go out.

You just needed a pair of washed out Levi 501's, a white T shirt and tons of hair gel and maybe an oversized jacket from the thrift store.

I don't miss them at all and the passing of time hasn't made them any better.

If you were gay they were HORRIFIC.

by Anonymousreply 1107/11/2013

Yeah I've heard that too R11.

by Anonymousreply 1207/11/2013

Most Dlers are white gay men between 45-55 so naturally the 1980s hold a special place for them. Also the 1970s get discussed here. I'm 32 and I think I can count the 1990s nostalgia threads on one hand.

by Anonymousreply 1307/11/2013

[quote] I think I can count the 1990s nostalgia threads on one hand.

They're too close and not different enough. Give it another 10 years.

by Anonymousreply 1407/11/2013

[quote]Really? It was the era of the Yuppie, consumerism, and shallowness. The problems we face to today pretty much all stem back to that era. It was the Reagan Revolution.

Yes, really. I guess I wasn't clear, but I was talking about the "alternative" art, music, fashion, and club scene. Punk, New Wave, whatever. It was very DIY. All you needed was a good eye and a good thrift shop and you were the cock of the walk.

The more mainstream stuff you describe I'm sure cost money. But I didn't care about that then.

by Anonymousreply 1507/11/2013

The 80's nostalgia represents the median age around here. YOu have to wait until 2020 for 90's nostalgia.

by Anonymousreply 1607/11/2013

All the negatives of the 80's, consumerism and greed, Wall Street, Reaganomics, et. al. were mostly done by people in their 30's and 40's and so, during that time.

Most of us came of age in the 80's, which means that time for us was MTV, music, dancing, bars, parties, etc.

That's why most of us have fond memories of it. Our "reality" and horror didn't hit until Bush became President.

by Anonymousreply 1707/11/2013

R17 what about how a lot of younger bi and gay men got infected with HIV and many died of AIDS?

by Anonymousreply 1807/11/2013

R18, that would be in the late 80's except for the big urban meccas.

I grew up in the midwest and it wasn't a concern for us until 88 or 89. (well, it was a concern, but you know what I mean)

by Anonymousreply 1907/11/2013

I don't think we are obsessed with the 80s.

by Anonymousreply 2007/11/2013

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by Anonymousreply 2107/11/2013

R21, that is obviously a parody based on a stereotype few of us ever befriended.

I'm with R6 and R17.

by Anonymousreply 2207/11/2013

I'm too young to care about the 80's... The only 80's thread that I've liked recently was the "It's A Living" one. Give me the 90's and the early 00's.

by Anonymousreply 2307/11/2013

I started threads about Pee Wee's Playhouse and the movie Ruthless People, so I guess I'm partially to blame, OP. I'm 33, and I was a child of the 80's. I was too young to understand Reagan, AIDS, consumerism...but now I do. And everything I hate about society and culture today stems from the rampant narcissism of the Reagan years.

by Anonymousreply 2407/11/2013

Dear OP:

Call the police when you can. Someone has obviously broken in and forced you to read threads about the 80's! Be like the kidnapped girls and look for an opening. Hopefully it won't take too many years. No one should be forced to read about topics they are not interested in! No one! Not even self-involved cunts!

by Anonymousreply 2507/11/2013

[quote] Did you all come of age in that era or something?

Yes, OP. A lot of us came of age in the 70's and 80's and an awful lot of us lost MANY if not all of our closest friends and lovers. So excuse us, R18, if that time period stays with us as being the best of times and the worst of times.

Sheesh. Kids today.

by Anonymousreply 2607/11/2013

[quote]Call the police when you can. Someone has obviously broken in and forced you to read threads about the 80's!

That makes absolutely no sense. Better luck next time.

by Anonymousreply 2707/11/2013

[quote]I don't think we are obsessed with the 80s.

You must be new to DL. Anytime something is discussed that is not of present-day, it's about the 80s, or something linked to the 80s.

by Anonymousreply 2807/11/2013

[quote]The 80's nostalgia represents the median age around here. YOu have to wait until 2020 for 90's nostalgia.

Too bad DL isn't with the current decade, which is a rerun of the 1990s. The '80s revival happened in the 2000s. Revivals happen in 20 year cycles according to culture experts.

by Anonymousreply 2907/11/2013

[quote]Most of us came of age in the 80's, which means that time for us was MTV, music, dancing, bars, parties, etc.

Consumerism.

by Anonymousreply 3007/11/2013

R27 = mentally challenged.

by Anonymousreply 3107/11/2013

I Love R2 made my day :)

by Anonymousreply 3207/11/2013

The 1980s was the last time most of the fossilized relics who post on Datalounge interacted with the world around them and were up-to-date on the culture, before they became irrational shut-ins. So they like to look back on those days.

by Anonymousreply 3307/11/2013

In the 80s MTV mattered in a way today's youth can't imagine. I remember when it started, always a rotation of Pat Benetar, Rod Stewart, David Bowie and a few others. Then Michael Jackson blew it up. Then everyone did videos, and MTV showed all those videos. They cemented the stardom of ZZ Top and The Cars, and made new stars of Eurythmics and Culture Club.

Then that bitch Madonna wrecked it.

by Anonymousreply 3407/12/2013

[quote]It was all so much fin then.

Indeed it was - fin de siecle, that is. (I know that's not what you meant.)

OP, our resident seniorgays (45 and up) are so laser-focused on the '80s because of the PTSD they have to this day of seeing so many fellow gays die of a plague that the president at the time didn't give a flying fuck about. The youngest ones hit adulthood just as the plague was starting around 1981, and given that many people (of any age) have their strongest memories of the time between 18 and 25, before they've set their course for life, it should be no surprise that they look back on the '80s with a mixture of horror and curious nostalgia for the few good parts of the decade they turned to for solace, like the NYC club scene, the emergence of MTV, etc.

by Anonymousreply 3507/12/2013

I was born in the 80s, so it reminds me of my childhood and my family, and all that kind of thing. I love the 80s threads!

by Anonymousreply 3607/12/2013

The 1920s, 1960s and 1980s were the most colorful and creative decades of the 20th century. This doesn't mean they were Utopia, just that there was a lot of stimulation for teh senses.

by Anonymousreply 3707/12/2013
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