VHS Revolution

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In the 80s, VHS stirred up the winds of freedom from the United States to the USSR. This is the amazing and crazy story of the little black box’s rise to cult status. Being able to record shows liberated people from TV programs’ tyranny; that provoked studios and TV channels’ ire as their cinema and ad revenue diminished. The last VCR manufacturer stopped producing them in 2016, but VHS lives on. An entire generation grew up with video cassettes. The current revival is also due to them revolutionizing our lives. The second revolution sparked by VHS, camcorders and video rental shops was cheap movie production, which allowed for the creation of small budget movies including pornography and gore that anybody could watch at home. For better or worse, VHS pushed the boundaries of decency.