Past Futures: Nostalgia in the Age of Escapism

Past Futures: Nostalgia in the Age of Escapism

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An online collection of old home movies begs the question: can you be nostalgic for other people’s memories? This video explores that question, among others pertaining to the nature of nostalgia in this digital day and age.

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Online collection of home movies:

Saga of the Happy Wanderers:

Music by:

Chris Zabriskie (
Dana Boulé (

I’m grateful for musicians like them who make their wonderful work free for people like me to use in our projects.

Further reading:

Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past by Simon Reynolds
The Future of Nostalgia by Svetlana Boym
The Past is a Foreign Country by David Lowenthal

Recommended articles:

When Nostalgia Was a Disease—The Atlantic:
How the Internet Uses Nostalgia—The Atlantic:
The 90s Are All That and the Ever-Accelerating Nostalgia Machine—The Atlantic:
Nostalgia and its Discontents by Svetlana Boym:
Will Nostalgia Destroy Pop Culture? An interview with Simon Reynolds on

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