Why My Generation’s Obsession with its Past is Unhealthy


During a recent afternoon browsing the job boards, I encountered an ad for a new social networking service in need of copywriters. The creators of the site claimed that this would be the “first completely nostalgia-based social network.” Users could create a profile, and essentially “like” (as those Facebook kids like to say these days) and talk about all the television shows, movies, music, books, toys, etc. that they grew up with.

“Hey, which was the scariest Goosebumps book?!?!”

“I can’t believe they don’t have Ecto-Cooler anymore!”

“Kids these days will never get to watch All That! The original cast, I mean. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO LORI-BETH DENBERG???”
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