O Internet! My Internet! It’s been a while. I spent the past couple weeks trapped in nostalgia. They don’t have wifi there, and it gave me the chance to reflect on a different time. A simpler time.

Remember what it was like before things went viral?

-Before the Numa Numa kid showed us what it meant to define a generation? 

-Before Napster showed us how to piss off washed-up rockstars?

-Before your cousin showed you how to get free porn on the Internet?

-Before Chris Hansen showed us what your neighbor was really doing all day?

-Before American Apparel showed us how to pair gold lame shorts and tube socks?

-Before Facebook/Myspace/Twitter/Friendster/Xanga/Live Journal/Second Life/Hot or Not/Rate My

Remember 1995?

Remember when Polaris preformed intros for programs on Nickelodeon?

-When Surrealism still had its place in childrens’ shows?

-When Katie Pierson from the B52’s played Mrs. Vandervere?

-When parents let their kids hang out with schizophrenic grown men in spandex named Artie?

-When parents also let their kids befriend pedophiles with commitment issues like Mr. Tastee?

-When stalking the icecream man was just “cute” and “part of growing up?”

-When 8 year olds had tattoos of sexy redheads and sick ass pirate ships?

Remember The Adventures of Pete and Pete?

Summer Vacation Pt. 1
Summer Vacation Pt. 2
Summer Vacation Pt. 3

Remember when bildungsromans on Nickelodeon fit Nordstrom Frye’s concepts of Archetypal Criticism and subject/object dualism? I do.


2 Responses to “Nostalgia”

  1. 1 Kevin February 19, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Aww man… I grew up with Pete and Pete. And I totally agree, that surrealism in children’s shows was a tragically lost artifact of the 90’s. No amount of the absurdist slapstick humor of Drake and Josh or the cacophonous visual binge of Spongebob can replace it. I know in my heart that I will tell my Redbull breakfast cereal-fueled grandchildren about a better time, when kids only had a vague idea about the true meaning of the shows they watched. (And our video games were only 3-D if we were lucky.) *Sigh*

  2. 2 helloleah February 22, 2009 at 12:04 am

    when surrealism still had its place in children’s shows?? you should see “chowder”. pure dali.

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