The Nostalgia Cycle
What does the 1978 film Grease have in common with the disaster movies of the early 2000s and the popular streaming series Stranger Things? In a word: nostalgia. The nostalgia cycle is a well-documented phenomenon that’s been influencing our media landscape for as long as it’s been around. In everything from film to books to even fashion, major trends often seem to go in and out of taste around once every 20-30 years. Accordingly, we often see attempts to reference, update, or even evolve on ideas from the previous generation of media.