Monday, February 28, 2011

More on That Rumor

I'm sorry I can't stop talking about this stupid Nickelodeon rumor, but thinking about it more makes me think about the psyche of some people, more or less. Two more things I thought about:

1. The rumor claims that the shows are going to have the characters growing up as they would if they were actual people. Besides not really targeting the specific demographic, this really sticks out to me as bizarre. In part because of the whole Nostalgic Bias Syndrome thing. If people want shows from the past back because they (falsely) believe them to be superior, why would they also want the characters to grow up? Isn't part of the imaginary "getting your childhood back" that things are exactly as they are in your childhood, because you believe it to be better?

2. The source of this rumor was a high school newspaper. I've seen a bit of NBS in the high schoolers of today (it seems to have shifted to early 2000s Disney Channel, as that article which I still want to make fun of someday- perhaps now in conjunction with this one- shows), but these kids would be too young to remember these shows. Since the article is in the general "you damn kids today don't know what a cartoon is" vein, they are basically saying that they themselves have inferior entertainment.

You look into this thing more and more you wonder why people believe it. And in the end, you realize that Hitler was right. I hate to Godwin this- partly because the Godwin card is so damn easy to play, partly because a certain Southern California professor has played the Godwin card in conjunction with Nickelodeon so many times- but the man with the mustache knew what he was saying in this case- which is why he was so good at it: "the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily...Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation." The memories of these shows bring positive emotions to people (perhaps partially falsely due to NBS), and thus they want the rumor to be true despite all evidence to the contrary.

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