There have been a lot of developments in technology; however, it seems as if we are a generation of nostalgia. We desire to re-create times and atmospheres of the past. It is in style to dress like the 20s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and the early 2000s. The music that we listen to on the radio may be new but it mirrors artists of the past. Our generation has Urban Outfitters selling record players and polaroid cameras. These are older inventions that we moved past with modern technology; however, we find the desire to bring the use of these technologies back.
Most people do not need to go to vintage shops or clothing stores to replicate the styles of the past because we have made them current. If you were to scroll through Tumblr or Instagram, two major social media sites, you would see that even the photographs of previous years have been replicated in a way. Even art has been somewhat consumed by the act of recreating what is popular and what is popular is recreating the past.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the nostalgic vibes but sometimes I wonder if we’ve ran low on creativity. We have always had replicas of certain ideas; however, recently we have created a period that is a replication of multiple time frames. Artists like The 1975, Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, Bruno Mars, and many others have drawn inspiration from the past and have made great music, bringing that nostalgia back. We have music festivals where we dress like hippies and try to create the vibes of the 70s.
Don’t get me wrong, as an old soul I love it, but what if we are running out of new ideas?
Is there a lack of originality in our generation? Comment on your perspective down below, I’d love to know your thoughts.