My first thought upon being sent this Ashlee Simpson video was: “How bizarre! This is basically just a string of visual and aural quotes from 1980s pop culture, but it’s pitched at a demographic that—unlike, say, many viewers of Family Guy or fans of New Wave revival bands—can’t possibly be nostalgic for the 80s. Hell, half of them weren’t even born in the 80s.” Then it occurred to me that when I was a high school student in the 90s, most of my friends and I were wearing tie-dyes and listening to the Dead and CSNY, in part as a deliberate rejection of the dominant 90s aesthetic. Because you know I love coining the words—I guess if we’re rocking it 80s style, I should call them sniglets—lets dub this phenomenon Agnostalgia.
January 15th, 2008 · 15 Comments
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