When coming up with an idea for this post I was left with a blank on what to talk about. I tossed around the ideas of talking about cute, viral videos about a kitten or any other animal to talking about using satire in rhetoric or something like that. But I couldn't find the motivation to talk about them. So what do I want to talk about for this blog post? The 90’s(or rather about the nostalgia of the 90’s that college age adults and above seem to have today). I’ll let that sink in a moment….
To start off I want to share this ten minute video that sums up 1999 in the entertainment/ mainstream department. (If you don’t have time to watch it, that’s fine. It’s a fun video to watch. If you do have time, I would suggest watching the videos on the years 1997 and 2002).
So I’m sure many of you have seen things like this
where today's adults are comparing what they experienced their childhood to what the kids of today are experiencing in their youth. And this, I think, is really nothing new and is something every generation does with their successors. I mean I know that whenever I see something like the picture above or this website (and even this website), I am always yelling out, “Yeah!” (I literally did this when I found this website) when they point out something that I remember doing as a child. Basically it points out things that today's children will more than likely never experience. They are things that truly make me, as the title points out, a “kid of the 90’s”. This makes me question though, why even point out these things? I mean yeah they are great to reminisce about and look down on how complicated things are for kids nowadays with their toys and technology. But it’s not their fault adults and the world have changed and they get hooked on the things we as adults wave in front of their face or give them for entertainment or education.
So that is my two cents on the subject of those “when I was a kid” things that I have seen blowing up Facebook and Tumblr in the last year (or more). What I want to know is how do you guys feel about seeing things like the image above where we degrade a kid’s childhood today while glorifying our childhoods or the past. Do you see it that way or another way? What does message does the picture, websites, or videos send to kids that are exposed to these online? What type of discourse do you see it creating?