You’re missing my point. It’s not just nostalgia, you can be nostalgic for things that aren’t even to do with your specific generation, so long as there’s a good memory attached to it. The problem is that millennials have been hung up on their generation’s media for their entire lives, it’s never been far enough from their sight to even be nostalgic. Fucking College Humor was getting nostalgic for things from the mid 90’s in like 2006. Millennials don’t treat an old security blanket like something to discover buried in the closet years later, they treat it like something to bring with them into the adult world. Avatar isn’t getting a revival because someone rediscovered a retired IP, it’s getting revived because millennials haven’t shut the fuck up about it since it ended. Nostalgia is supposed to take you back to an older period of your life for a little while like a reunion, but to millennials nostalgia is this constant drug pumped into their system like a Bane mask, we’ve never had a time apart from old stuff long enough to miss it. It’s the reason 30 year olds all act so shocked to find Zoomers dunking on them, because they’ve been locked in their adolescence all throughout their twenties and haven’t processed that they’re no longer the youths.>>121148882
I wouldn’t blame them if they’d ever actually tried being adults. I’ve had to watch my peers unironically use phrases like adulting to describe making dentist appointments and going to the post office. I’ll never forget when I visited my friend at college for Halloween and discovered that his friends all wanted to go trick or treating instead of having a party. Grown fucking adults, college students, traipsing around the residential neighborhoods asking for candy shoulder to shoulder with 10 year olds. It was mortifying.