Episode Ten: Nostalgia

Top of the show 

Welcome everyone and thank you for joining us. This is valid arguments. A show about the good ole days, when candy was a penny, and grunge wasn’t considered classic rock. I’m Jeremy Horton, and Today were going to be talking about Nostalgia, this is what a millennials midlife crisis looks like. We will also be arguing about good role models, and then we will put you in a VERY awkward position. Joining me today is Mr. Milo Mordhorst on my right. (Milo intro). And Mr. Joel Barkley on my left. (Joel intro).  nostalgic memory is. Milo, then joel. 

Questions I will ask: 

  • Nostalgia is defined as a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past. It comes from the Greek word for homesickness. This characterization has been eating at me. My first question is that if these memories are happy in nature, why are these feelings of homesickness or longing what we associate them with? Joel 
  •  Nostalgia is often associated with meaningful memories. Clay Routledge wrote a book about his labs experience with nostalgia and what they found was that it is most often triggered by meaninglessness, loneliness, and sadness. Studies show that when people are overwhelmed with existential dread, feelings of nostalgia can increase productivity and help cultivate relationships. Given that, I could see nostalgia as being a sort of defense mechanism that our bodies use to cope with our meaningless existence. That’s not a question, just wanted to put it out there. 
  • Palette cleanser/segment – Is Batman a good role model
  •  I’ve been reading a little bit about group nostalgia. It is said that experiencing group nostalgia can be a sort of glue that holds a group together. With that logic it would seem that we should all strive for group nostalgia in order to move us all forward together. Do you guys think there’s any downside to group nostalgia? 
  •  It’s no secret, times have changed. The culture now is a lot different from the culture we consider nostalgic. So, let’s play a game. What’s a nostalgic show/movie that would be super problematic nowadays?  
  •  Palette cleanser/segment – Is yoga exercise or just creative standing 
  • Some people report feelings of nostalgia for a particular time period. Some for time periods they weren’t even alive for. As we just mentioned, some movies can try to create a type of historical nostalgia presented as a way to help people kind of cope with their current lives. Do you think that’s ok or should these sad sacks just learn to pick themselves up and move the fuck on with their lives? 
  •  Studies done have shown that music and movies are some of the biggest triggers for nostalgic feelings. What do you guys think is the most nostalgic piece of pop culture for you personally? 
  •   Palette cleanser/segment 
  • In the past 20 years we have went from barely having flip phones, dial up internet, and other incredible advances that contribute to our society in immeasurable ways. So, were the good ole days really that good? 

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  • . Because you’re not doing it right. 
  •  Make America Great Again. 

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Argument Against 

  •   Clay Routledge is the authority on this matter. He theorizes that these feelings may actually be associated with a negative time in your life and we use nostalgia as a sort of defense mechanism against that trauma.  
  • Ace Ventura, pet detective. You have a problem with transgender people, Jim? 
  • although textual analysis showed the nostalgic memory descriptions were more positive, across all condition’s positivity was no indicator of intention to volunteer 
  •  In nostalgic moments, each memory becomes magnified, not only in terms of depth of meaning, but also of emotional experience. There is generally a longing to go back to these past experiences with a desire to hold each moment close and not let it go. 
  •  The only good memories are dead ones. 

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Outro: *summarize Joel and Milo end arguments* me I think the only good memory is a dead one. I think that both sides have………………Valid Arguments. I don’t do nostalgia. It just doesn’t occur to me. I’m living in the moment, and I don’t have that gene. Harrison Ford, ladies and gentleman. I’d like to thank you all for joining us, and thanks milo and Joel for your thoughts on the subject. We here valid arguments value opinions and think everyone should have one. So if you’re the type of person who knows your voice matters and would like us to help amplify that voice for you, then get at us on social media @argumentsvalid on twitter and valid arguments on Facebook or if you think social media is just as evil as people who put the toilet roll under rather than over, please feel free to call and leave us a voicemail, the number is 309-340-9431. Please join us next week for more arguments and if you like the show please leave us a rating and review on itunes. We hope to disagree with you soon

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