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RockEras - 1990s
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  • America's trials and tribulations
    • The End of the Cold War
      1. Berlin Wall fell in 1989
      2. America became the only superpower
      3. 1991 Gulf War was a major victory for President George Bush
    • The Clinton Years
      1. The economy boomed
      2. Reelected in 1996
      3. Worst presidential scandal since Watergate
        • Sexual affair with a White House intern
        • Lying about it to Congress under oath
        • Congress impeached him
      4. Clinton survived it and led the country to economic success
    • The American economy
      1. Explosion of the high-tech industry
        • Computer sales soared
        • 1990s businesses rushed to tap into the internet oriented concepts
      2. High tech innovators achieved rock star status
        • Bill Gates (co-founder of Microsoft)
        • Steve Case (co-founder of America Online)
    • The music industry and internet economy
      1. In 1999 Shawn Fanning created Napster
        • File-sharing service -- allowed users to exchange music free of charge over the internet
        • Cut record labels and artists out of the process
      2. The Record Industry Association of America sued Napster
        • Napster forced to shut down
        • Reborn as a legal downloadable music company
  • The violence and the splendor
    • Racial tension in Los Angeles
      1. In 1992 four white police officers in Los Angeles stopped Rodney King and beat him senseless
        • Caught on videotape and broadcast around the country
        • Riots ensued when they were acquitted on nearly all charges
    • Columbine High School in Colorado
      1. In 1999 two students killed classmates, teachers, and themselves
      2. Parents blamed youth culture:
        • Grunge music
        • Gothic clothing
        • Video games
        • Violent television and movies
      3. Everyone realized that young people were extremely angry at the establishment
    • O. J. Simpson
      1. Football-star-turned-actor
      2. Accused and acquitted of the murder of his ex-wife and friend
      3. The world followed it all on TV and radio:
        • Police chase through southern California
        • Trial
        • Verdict
    • Violence on the screens
      1. Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction (1994)
        • Featured John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson
        • Thugs who would rather kill than see their boss's valuables stolen
      2. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
        • Marketed as actual footage recovered from three missing student filmmakers
        • Scariest movie of the decade
    • Mainstream films used digital special effects to combine fiction and reality
      1. Jurassic Park (1993)
      2. Forest Gump (1994)
      3. Titanic (1997)
    • Reality Television
      1. In 1992 MTV launched The Real World
        • Group of young people from varied backgrounds living together
        • The cast fought over many issues
      2. CBS's hit "reality" show, Survivor (2000)
        • Strangers on a tropical island
        • Fought, backstabbed, and negotiated
        • $ 1 million prize
    • September 11, 2001: The global tragedy
      1. Members of Osama Bin Laden's Al Qaeda terrorist network hijacked four airliners
        • Two struck the World Trade Center in New York
        • One struck the Pentagon in Washington D.C.
        • One crashed in a field in Pennsylvania
        • Over 3,000 people killed
      2. President George W. Bush sent American troops to Afghanistan
        • Also to Iraq
        • He believed President Saddam Hussein was hiding weapons of mass destruction
      3. Americans no longer felt confident about their place in the world

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