What with the announcement of Nickelodeon reviving Legends of the Hidden Temple trending all over social media today, I have been thinking a lot about how our generation (Millennials? Urgh) are just suckers for every nostalgic thing ever. Like, Fuller House. That show looks really bad. Like, I’m not going to watch it ever. But, for example, overheard at the painting party at work last night:

Girl 1: Have you been watching Fuller House? I watched it all in one sitting last weekend.
Girl 2: Yeah, I already finished it too.
Girl 3: I have been watching it!
GIRL 4: I only have two episodes left.

Anyways, I’m going to try to not make all of my posts on this blog talk about TV.

The easiest go-to clickbait article topic for like 3-4 years which is ridiculous, because usually that shit will change weekly, has been anything that is like “things only 90s kids will understand” with like “OH HEY REMEMBER KUSH BALLS.” I suppose other generations (like my parents, for example) like to focus on things that happened in what they view as the best times in their lives (hence all of my relatives collecting like peace signs and stuff from their early college years). We are all super obsessed with the media, specifically, that came out when we were children though, not necessarily when we could really associate it with a time in our lives that we found super favorable.

So, I guess (after this messy, internal cultural analysis) does this mean that our lives following have just been sadder? Is that because of the internet/access to knowledge? Most likely, this preference towards nostalgia just actualizes differently inside of social media than in just regular life and this online group consciousness just didn’t exist before.. But, sometimes I think it is because we are def just sadder and more bogged down.

I might write a parody Fargo Monthly article called “9 times Fargo was like a 90s Nickelodeon Show” for Tha Owl, and send it to my old work and see if they will publish it only to amuse me.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Nostalgia Culture ?

  1. I don’t think nostalgia for childhood has anything to do with logically picking a time when things were best. When you’re a kid, your life is simpler and your brain is simpler. Conditions are more favorable to become more invested in the emotional universe of, for example, a story (such as a cartoon) designed to be brightly colored or appealing or emotionally satisfying.

    I don’t think our generational sadness has to do necessarily with access to knowledge as much as it does the difference between being a kid and an adult. Yes, there are other factors that separate our generation from our parents – more pervasive media, a pretty ideal national state in the 90s – but these have, I think, just produced a permutation of what would have occurred anyway.

    My dad is still NUTS about the Andy Griffith show, which started airing when he was 10. He still watches it, talks about funny characters with his friends and buys themed products. This is a man who has lived through up and down periods of history, lived through exciting (and sad) periods of life and met and performed music with famous people, some of whom he has idolized. But he still has profound affection for a show that informed his view of the world while it was still being formed. He will be able to quote Barney Fife until the day he dies. I will remember the theme song from Doug forever for the same reason.

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  2. -OK but that said the internet certainly amplifies the effect by aggressively targeting the instinct the same way it targets the desire for sex or food or whatever.

    -Also the desire for intense personal definition is helped by the existence of different “eras” of cartoons and the like. A different set of characters to fulfill archetypal roles.

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