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Author Topic: The Philosophy Of Nostalgia  (Read 724 times)
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« on: December 21, 2016, 02:19:54 am »

(Put it here, as althought is a video, this thread is more about the subject than the video itself)

Here A Analysis By Wisecrack's 8bit Philosophy Serie About The Philosophycal Basis Of Nostalgia:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQz8DGEZSQM


What do you think ?
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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2016, 03:25:34 pm »

Sure.  Nostalgia is always people taking the parts they liked from the past and re-using it.

You can even see a hint of that in that one political person's campaign message that we're not going to discuss here but merely acknowledge that somebody played the Nostalgia card in politics.

The video points out that during times of revolution (or leading to), there were higher levels of Nostalgia going on.  Are we at higher levels right now?  All the reboots started happening in the 2000s.  I don't remember anybody giving a rats arse about the 70s back in the 90s or 80s.
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« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2016, 06:09:42 pm »



The pull of nostalgia is a strong one.    It is used in advertising  and PR  campaigns ,  television  and movies, products and packaging  to lure us in.  It is a highly successful  marketing ploy.  It is  based around the idea of " comfort of  the familiar " ,  even if it is a  PR generated faux  familiar.

The fashion and home ware industry  exploit it constantly  in a shamelessly  commercial manner. Product gets touted as a " Return to [insert era or decade] ".  Recent years  have seen the austere  40s return. Another nostalgic turn will already be forming in the imagination   of the global marketeers.

 Politics and electioneering  is an irony. Political parties  that sense  a public  mood  for change ,  often campaign oN a promise of changing to  a former perceived "safer  and simpler  time" ,  promising that some how this will make  the country new and different.   

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« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2016, 05:08:40 am »

possibly the attraction is that we know the answers to yesterdays' problems...Wink
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2016, 08:27:23 am »

possibly the attraction is that we know the answers to yesterdays' problems...Wink

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« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2016, 07:54:07 pm »

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« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2017, 10:24:20 pm »

Nostalgia can be a dangerous thing because people tend to construct versions of the past that never actually existed, explain why that fictitious past was better and ought to be revisited and insist that we return to it by appealing to a sense of nostalgia. Well, that's my view of it anyways.
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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2017, 02:42:15 pm »

Hmm, think we might've seen a fairly large scale example of that quite recently. It does kinda make me roll my eyes to hear some folks (usually westerners) proclaim they were ''born in the wrong century''. To my mind that's a pretty clear indication they have no idea what life was like during previous ones. Widespread abject poverty, lack of basic human rights, institutionalised racism and sexism coupled with suffocating social and class restrictions, rampant disease, lack of medical knowledge, two world wars etc. Geez I sure feel deprived to have missed out on all that. SP has come under criticism for promoting a rather rosy view of the past at times (in truth there is a large body of work which does quite the opposite) but it's never proclaimed to be anything more than fiction  It's when things cross the line into historical revisionism that I get most concerned, but that's a different ball game entirely.
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