As the holiday season approaches, it’s hard not to acknowledge the fact that in the mid-2010s, nostalgia is king.
Particularly among younger generations, this obsession with nostalgia seems ridiculous and oversaturated, but at its core are some benefits to the idea of looking back at the past with rose-tinted glasses.
Before looking at those benefits, however, it seems appropriate to assess the gravity of this obsession for reminiscing.
Two pieces of analog technology in particular have risen from the grave in recent years that have inexplicably taken the world by storm.
First, vinyl records have migrated from the clutches of hole-in-the-wall collector’s shops to the shelves of Barnes & Noble, effectively returning to the public consciousness in a big way.
While arguments made about sound quality and the joys of having a physical product make vinyl the superior music-listening experience, these points seem subjective.
There’s validity to them in that way, and record players are often built with more technological advancements, but it’s hard to see why anyone would want to go back when a nearly infinite amount of songs are accessible on a device that not only fits in your consumers’ pockets, but can also search the entirety of the internet and call anyone around the world.
Another obsolete product that has made a comeback recently is the Polaroid camera. One would have been hard-pressed to find anyone advertising Polaroids past 2003, when OutKast vehemently argued for their relevance, but today they aren’t so hard to find.
Even if there is a certain appeal to the aesthetic of a Polaroid picture, is that really enough to explain why people might use them when there is a variety of high-quality digital and phone cameras on the market that can capture stunning imagery?
For those who say they use these older technologies because of a personal preference, …