November 21, 2014

Internet needs to chill with nostalgia

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What anniversaries are considered “noteworthy” — one year? Five years? 12 years? 30 years?

I need to know seriously, because anymore, it seems that content-hungry websites that I frequent think that once something is five years old, it deserves an oral history/revisit/closer look.

In the past month or so, I’ve seen a second look at a Blink-182 album on its 15th anniversary, fascinating facts about “Police Academy” on its 30th anniversary, a 10-year anniversary celebration of “Mean Girls” and about 600 posts regurgitating factoids about “Ghostbusters” as it turns 30.

Let’s not forget the 20-year mark since the last “Beverly Hills Cop” movie or the five-year anniversary of “Up.”

Want to start a blog, but have nothing to write about? Here’s an idea. Look at a calendar, go back five years and find something that happened. Then go to Wikipedia and search for that album, show, movie, event. Title it “10 amazing things you didn’t know about (insert blog post topic) on its five-year anniversary.”

Don’t worry about if people actually know these “obscure” facts, or if they even care to begin with. Just remember, “Mean Girls” was an important achievement in the history of cinema because… ummm…. because of Lindsay Lohan?

I have no problem with blogging, appreciation of fine movies or music or even taking a look back at them from time to time. Not everything is that important, though.

Last November, around the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK, I had no problem with the specials and documentaries airing nonstop. It was a huge, impactful point in the history of the United States. It is shrouded in mystery and conspiracy.

A Blink-182 album turning 15? Not so much. It’s pop-punk that is occasionally fun and mostly immature.

End of story. Or so it should be. However, you put a comments section underneath an article, and hoo boy, strap yourself in. Now people can not only tell their feelings about this monumental moment in musical history, but they can debate what is and isn’t punk rock, which other albums came out at that same point in time and if they are better than that one.

I understand the concept of click bait, and I also understand that things that were new when I was relatively young are now not so new. But my memories of my teenage years and my childhood are just fine as they are. I don’t need to relive everything with a list of 10 facts or a stupid slideshow telling me who this actor would later play in a movie.

And guess what? Most of these things turning 20 or 10 or 5 years old really aren’t that good anyways. We could live with forgetting them.

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