Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Trending in New Orleans: gettin' nostalgic

Posted By on Wed, May 11, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Everyone loves nostalgia. This explains Vh1's massive franchise of TV shows discussing the past, the definition of which has become increasingly recent (I Love 10 Minutes Ago!); a large percent of the novelty T-shirt industry, and the law that when associating with a group of people born in the 80s, the conversation will inevitably turn to 90s Nickelodeon programs. New Orleanians especially love nostalgia, as evidenced by the saturated post-Katrina market of "ain't dere no more" novelty goods and much of the Jazz Fest lineup every year. More than most people, New Orleans natives seemed to be plagued by that "suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return," as Milan Kundera once wrote.

It seems we've all got that yearning today, at least according to Twitter.


Currently, two Nickelodeon shows from the 90s (many of which will once again air on the children's network starting this fall) are trending topics: the early stage for future Saturday Night Live cast member Keenan Thompson, Keenan & Kel; and the animated series Doug. Also, trending are #childhoodmemories and #teenagememories, topics that have naturally included discussion of Rocko's Modern Life, Ren & Stimpy, etc.

Also trending is Jazzland, the New Orleans-centric theme park of yesteryears that was turned into a Six Flags. Now it's a sad, abandoned scrap heap — a product of a negligence and a series of deals gone bad — and a frequent sight for avant garde photography and film projects. I, too, sort of long for the days of getting stuck while ascending the hill of that knock-off Splash Mountain ride during one of the many times it broke, too young to fully comprehend the danger of the situation, or getting sassed at by one of the park's many disaffected employees. Does anyone else remember that virtual pirates ride or the unsettling rickety-ness of the Zephyr roller coaster?

Man, now I've got that yearning, too.

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