The conservative political culture of the era meant two rather contradictory things for the production of pop-culture; on the one hand, the surge of private enterprise together with new media technologies allowed corporations such as Hasbro an unprecedented ability to build massive franchises around their products, typically with a TV show and accompanying toys, but on the other Moral Guardian complaints would challenge the ethics of making a show that was "essentially one large commercial." The result was the rather spoof-worthy And Knowing Is Half the Battle segment common to many mass franchise shows, shoving an Anvilicious moral into the action.
Fortunately, these were conveniently located after the actual plot, so kids could just turn it off at that point and run down to buy the toys. Politically, the first part of the decade, Cold War tensions continued to escalate such as the US doing things like invading Grenada and the Strategic Defense Initiative.
Some accuse this of being an intentional move by the West to render the economically inept Soviet Union infeasible by drawing its resources away from things like infrastructure and feeding its people, which market economies could accomplish easily.
While this is, essentially, what ended up happening (though more complicated than that in real life; in Eastern Europe the decade's real deathblow to communism was considered to have been all the new media technology), the fact that the other possible outcome of such a strategy was global thermonuclear annihilation had a profound impact on Western media tropes.
North Korea has conducted dozens of ballistic missile tests under its leader, Kim Jong Un, in defiance of U. sanctions, but firing projectiles over mainland Japan is rare.
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