Before I start to rant and ramble, I might as well introduce the scope of this series. Irks and Quirks deals less in facts, news, or events, and instead is weighted more on opinion. Whose opinion you ask? Mine obviously, I’m writing it.
Through Irks and Quirks I will be sounding off on just about anything that enters my weird and wonderful noggin, any random groupings of barely cohesive thought-patterns and passing trains of thought that I can manage to recollect for the 15 – 30 minutes I’ll spend in front of my keyboard pushing out this verbal diarrhea.
Now that I’ve sufficiently lowered expectation, what’s been on my mind most recently is the idea of nostalgia defined as “A bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past.” Either this can be nostalgia for things in your own past (when cartoons were good) or for an earlier time in human history (when music was good). Unfortunately this comes with a sort of a filter, a filter that (a) prevents you from seeing the bad in the rose-tinted time period that your object of nostalgia sits in, and (b) an inability to appreciate the things that are good in in the year or decade that you currently find yourself in (Uber and Netflix people – we’re living the dream!).
Lets look at the 60s for an example, a decade that is particularly desired. As a fan of The Beatles and Bob Dylan I can see why this is – music was pure, celebrities weren’t insufferable, and free lovin didn’t turn your genitals a funny colour. But no one talks about the bad things about the 60s: living in fear of nuclear war, casual racism, and describing your friends as ‘pals’ un-ironically.
This generation, the generation I have dubbed the ‘pop culture’ generation feels most nostalgia for retro video games, old cartoons and old movies – heck it’s this nostalgia that have made people like James Rolfe and Doug Walker superstars on the internet. I can get in on this nostalgia as well, I still hum a few bars of Green Hill Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog every now and then to remind me of old times, or watch past favourite movies like Hook or The Labyrinth or Land Before Time.
But remember folks, just because Miley Cyrus’s latest actions have made you lose faith in the music industry and One Direction is bringing a resurgence in boy bands, doesn’t mean you should give up on this wonderful decade entirely.