Why does America look to the past? Could it be because of how people perceive today’s world and want to go back to when times were simpler? America has taken a large turn towards the past when it comes to styles, games, and movies. This is evident by the styles of our clothes, our slang, games, and reboots.
The 80’s were a time when fashion statements were gaudy and the slang was ridiculous. Many of the trends from that century and the next are still “totally awesome”. For example, the word “like.” What started out in California as a valley girls thing has spread and is still around today. Another great example is denim jackets. While not necessarily popular here in Sandpoint, many places around the country have been embracing the denim and bringing back the airbrushed and patched jackets. Head forward a single decade later and you will see a very prominent theme. This, of course, is plaid. The thing everyone loves to wear on dress down days. There’s one other thing making its way from the 90’s back to us…
Let’s talk about Pokémon Go. A trend that nearly everyone from your little sibling to your grandparents was participating in. In an unexpected explosion, Pokémon Go became the most downloaded app seemingly overnight. Why was this? Many people who played the original game of red, blue or even yellow picked up the game again and started socializing with other people. They would then get their friends to play and this would create a huge vacuum effect of people playing together and attracting more people to the game.
While this trend was only momentary it still caused a huge bubble of nostalgia. Nintendo made millions in micro transactions and gained a lot of popularity. Many people were able to find some like-minded friends simply by going out and playing Pokémon Go. Who doesn’t love a good reboot?
Many things recently have been getting reboots. Movies, games, possibly books. Movie reboots have always been a thing with recent re-releases of Godzilla, Fantastic 4, and Terminator Genisys. Let’s also not forget the upcoming reboot of MacGyver and Lethal Weapon. One of the first reboots was, in fact, Godzilla. First put out in 1954 it got its reboot in 1984, and again in 1998. One of the giants of the reboot industry is Superheros. Ever since 1998 we haven’t been able to go a single year without getting a major reboot of a superhero movie many times more. This is, of course, expected because when we don’t want to face the reality of today’s world we look to superheroes to come and get us out of dull drudgery.
So why is it that we look towards the past to find new entertainment? Is it because we want a simpler time, or was the ideas back then just way more interesting? Find out next time on this installment of nostalgia.