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Subject: Is it possible to be nostalgic for nostalgia?

Written By: Voiceofthe70s on 08/28/21 at 9:02 pm

Recently I heard someone say he was nostalgic for the Nick at Night and TV Land of the mid-90s when those networks ran 1980s shows like "St. Elsewhere" as well as vintage TV commercials from the 1960s and 1970s. This poses an existential nostalgia problem. What, in fact, is he being nostalgic for? The mid-90s when he watched those shows and commercials,  or the era depicted in the shows and commercials he was watching in the mid-90s (i.e. the 60s, 70s and 80s)? Or is there sort of an "overarching general nostalgia" that covers it all? When he was originally watching these shows in the 90s was he nostalgic for the era of the shows? if so, it seems he is now being nostalgic for nostalgia. This gets to be a very slippery slope.

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