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Mediated Nostalgia: Individual Memory and Contemporary Mass Media (Hardback)
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Mediated Nostalgia: Individual Memory and Contemporary Mass Media (Hardback)

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Hardback 166 Pages / Published: 06/11/2014
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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.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739196212
Number of pages: 166
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 236 x 161 x 18 mm


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Mediated Nostalgia contributes to the existing scholarship on nostalgia by offering an elaborate theoretical and richly illustrated account of an individual, narcissist version of nostalgia. . . .These case studies are familiar, and make the book very practical for lecturing and offering a deeper understanding of individualized nostalgia. * Cultural Sociology *
Lizardi's semiotic analysis of contemporary media convincingly demonstrates how clever packaging of the past encourages a melancholic stance towards various media objects. Reading this book will inevitably prompt your own consideration of what constitutes your "playlist past" while also encouraging a critical analysis of how and why that playlist was constructed. -- Janelle Wilson, University of Minnesota Duluth
With thoughtful analysis and accessible scholarship, Mediated Nostalgia argues that the media love to sell us the good old days, even if those days never existed. Exploring the meanings and multiple forms of commodified media nostalgia, Lizardi effectively weaves together cultural theory with a variety of engaging examples, from the Freaks and Geeks DVD collectors' set to reboots of slasher films like Halloween. -- Matthew P. McAllister, Pennsylvania State University

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