American Culture since 1980s.

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American culture has made a drastic change in expression since the 1980's. Nationwide concerns such as abortions, teen pregnancies, and suicides used to be hush, hush issues throughout America. Although the problems existed, people did not talk about them. These social concerns did not even come up on radio stations, in newspapers, on television shows, or in music lyrics. Now, in the twentieth century, Americans are being much more open to discussing its problems. It is a trend in America to talk about what is in the media. People are now talking about abortions, the media is showing pregnant teens on every talk show, and songs that influence the lives of teenagers are expressing thoughts of suicide.

The 1980s became the Me! Me! Me! Generation of status seekers. By the mid-1980s, capping a trend under way for more than half a century, three-fourths of all employees worked in the service sector -- for instance, as retail clerks, office workers, teachers, physicians and other health care professionals, government employees, lawyers, and legal and financial specialists.

Service-sector activity benefited from the availability and increased use of the computer. This was the information age, with hardware and software that could aggregate previously unimagined amounts of data about economic and social trends. The federal government had made significant investments in computer technology in the 1950s and 1960s as part of its military and space programs. In the late 1970s, two young California entrepreneurs, working out of a garage, assembled the first widely marketed computer for home use, named it the Apple -- and ignited a revolution. By the early 1980s, millions of microcomputers had found their way into U.S. businesses and homes, and in 1982, Time magazine dubbed the computer its "Machine of the Year."

On the contrary, Population patterns shifted after the end...