Weren't things more hopeful then? Take, for example, '80s Sci-Fi Movies. The '80s were a time when the horizon seemed broader, dreams seemed bigger, and those damn aliens seemed a whole lot nicer. (You never saw E.T. kidnapping anybody!!)
Or how about the music. It was all so much more hopeful and optimistic then. Everything seemed to be neon colored and full of enthusiasm. and creativity and diversity were blossoming everywhere. Whether you liked the arty synth-popish style of New Wave, or the hard rock of heavy metal, or the more down to earth style of traditional rock'n roll, or the soft gentle sound of ballads or the rebellious sound of punk, there was always something for you in the '80s.