We live in a world where the nostalgia for the past now permeates our present.
With online trends like 'Throw Back Thursdays', apps like Timehop and platforms which gives you the tools to make your digital image look like it was taken with an analogue camera, the internet has never seemed so backwards-facing.
In this week's episode of The Digital Human, Aleks Krotoski visits imagined worlds and eras long past to explore whether the web is a nostalgia machine.
We speak with Professor of Svetlana Boym to trace the origins of the word back to homesick Swiss mercenaries in the 17th century, visit a water park in New Jersey which was reborn through the collective power of online nostalgia and take tea with a vintage enthusiast, who divides his time between working as an air host in a high-flying company, with living in the 1940s.
Producer: Caitlin Smith.
Ben Sansum is air steward vintage enthusiast who ‘lives’ in the 1940s. His home is a time capsule of wartime living, with only a couple of concessions to modern living. He tells us why the 1940s has such appeal to him, and what he gets from living in a past he never experienced.
Svetlana Boym is Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literatures at Harvard University and author of The Future of Nostalgia. She explains how far from the initial perception that nostalgia was a disease, we’ve come to understand it can be vital for our well being.
Bill Benneyan is Manager of Action Park in New Jersey, he explains how what could have been a PR disaster lead to an outpouring of nostalgia and renewed interest in the park.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />