Music of the 1990s

Music of the 1990s

Music of the 1990s

Music of the 1990s

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The 1990s in America were a period when technology became the central aspect of our society, especially in how information was disseminated to the public. Of course, information technology is a far-reaching tool; it includes details on events in our world, a way to communicate, and the opportunity to purchase new goods. Though initially developed in the 1980s, the Internet became one of the most significant advances in technology during the 1990s, one that was driven by digital technology and popularized through the rise of the home computer in the 1980s and, in the case of music, digital versions of recordings. Some all-digital recordings, and digital copies of ones that had been recorded using analog methods such as tape and vinyl disc recordings, existed in the 1980s. However, the 1990s impacted music greatly, as the digital versions had largely replaced the analog versions by the end of the decade. The decade that preceded the 1990s in America was a time of illusional prosperity. Led by the “great communicator,” President Ronald Reagan, American citizens began to believe that they were living in one of the most affluent times in recent memory. However, the U.S. government was going into a higher national debt per capita than any before in history. Many called Reagan’s economic policies “Reaganomics” or “trickle-down economics.” Essentially, businesses were taxed less, and, in turn, the businesses would both spend more money to hire more workers and have cheaper products. Thus, consumers would have more money to spend, which would be beneficial to the overall sense of happiness and eventually national pride.
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