Mediated Nostalgia

Mediated Nostalgia

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Considering the current rash of film remakes, vintage video game downloads, and box sets of bygone television shows, media today is obsessed with nostalgia. Instead of presenting a past that functions as an adaptive mirror with which we can compare our contemporary situation, the past is instead presented as an individualized version that transfixes us as uncritical citizens of our own culture. Mediated Nostalgia: Individual Memory and Contemporary Mass Media argues that the cultural implication of a cross-media eternal return to nostalgia is an increasing reliance on defining who we are as people and societies by what media we consumed as children. The unblinking eye toward the past knows no progress, or at the very least, does not employ the past to compare and adaptively engage with the present or future. Examining film, literature, television, and video games, Ryan Lizardi tackles the idea of why that strong sense of nostalgia is such a popular tactic for the media industry, and why it is problematic.The in-game retro text is almost never required to play the primary game, and so indexes a further construction of the individual ... Nintendo Wii U, Sony Playstation 4, and Microsoft Xbox One allow for the downloading of vintage video games that for ... (2006, 86), the vintage game download exploits playersa#39; constructed compulsive desire to relive the Zelda text that a€œdefineda€ them and their childhood.

Title:Mediated Nostalgia
Author:Ryan Lizardi
Publisher:Lexington Books - 2014-11-06


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