*Rubs eye and yawns* All right, new recruits discovering Avatar on Netflix in 2020, just because you weren’t around in the mid-late 2000s, that doesn’t mean you get away with not knowing the Youtube videos of the mid-late 2000s; we all must pay our dues.
First off, you’ve got the hilarious videos. The original shitposts. The ones people spent way too much time rendering, just for a laugh:
(That thumbnail alone brings back so many repressed memories.)
(I never once said these were good videos, okay? I never had to say it; it was implied. These are fantastic videos!)
One more, just because this one always made me laugh:
This was pure art to my middle-school self.
Speaking of art, you’ve also got what I can only describe as the ‘Colorfully Edited Zuko Angst To Linkin Park’ genre which made up 99% of Youtube; I found the perfect example:
I cannot stress this enough, there were dozens of these videos, each one more angsty and colorful than the last.
There were also great AMVs out there (many of which featured Coldplay songs), that were skillfully rendered in order to highlight the true beauty and power of Avatar, but apparently tumblr only lets you upload five videos at a time, and I need to save the last slot for the most important video:
If you take nothing else from this post, if you watch no other Youtube videos, you at least need to subscribe to Kornersphere:
And that is a brief glimpse of the pure masterpieces that the Avatar fandom came up with in the mid-late 2000s.
The best Looney Tunes shorts/adaptations are the ones that realize: Bugs Bunny isn’t an agent of chaos. Daffy Duck? Yakko, Wakko, and Dot Warner? Scrappy Doo? All wake up every single day wondering just how much chaos they can unleash in the world. Bugs doesn’t. He doesn’t instigate the chaos. The environment instiages the chaos. Bugs reacts to the chaos. And it’s hilarious:
Bugs didn’t just wake up one day and randomly decide that he was going to ruin some guy’s opera by impersonating legendary composer, Leopold Anthony Stokowski. Bugs was just going about his day (albeit very loudly) when the opera singer instigated the chaos:
And then Bugs decided to impersonate legendary composer, Leopold Anthony Stokowski! Because of course he did!
Bugs Bunny is, in an ironic twist, the “straight man” of Looney Tunes. He’s the one who’s just minding his own business until random things happen to him. The difference between Bugs and someone like Eddie Valiant is that even though Bugs doesn’t instigate the chaos, he 100%, unabashedly, embraces it. And taps into it. And escalates it. And it’s hilarious:
As he says in the last panel:
“I don’t ask questions; I just have fun.”
(Also, for the record, that’s why Elmer Fudd is his best rival: Both of them are reactors to the chaos, so they’ll both unabashedly escalate things. That’s how you go from gun -> bigger gun -> cannon -> bigger cannon -> proposal -> marriage.)
ok but like…… imagine having a scene/emo/rave squad. kandi making meetups at the playground when it’s dark out and making matching bracelets. ordering pizza while y’all stay up late playing mario kart wii and guitar hero. glowstick and silly string parties. mall trips where you just go to hot topic, claire’s, and spencer’s and nowhere else besides the food court and maybe build a bear and everyone dishes in some money for it all. taking turns watching each person’s favorite anime or nickelodeon/cartoon network show. having a shared playlist everyone can add to. crowding together in an attempt to take very squished selfies. growing so close that it feels like family. overall rebelling against the modern idea of drama/romance oriented connections and just focusing on having fun in the now and making memories. i feel so robbed of this.
No sé por qué pero la nostalgia acumulada se me agudiza los domingos por la tarde. Se reactiva y me deja apachurrada en un rincón de la habitación que ni siquiera es mía y llueve tristeza y el sol no se deja ver demasiado. Los domingos son una constante desilusión y alegoría al pasado donde una foto vista de reojo me lleva a esos tiempos donde pienso que quizá era más feliz, quizá sólo menos triste, quizá es sólo que entonces te tenía cerca…luego llega la noche y reflexiono que aunque el domingo sea eterno, por fortuna, o desgracia, quién sabe, los lunes también han de llegar…
I’m as big a fan of pre-Web 2.0 meme culture as anyone, but let’s be honest here, for every “Numa Numa Kid” there were a dozen “Spider-Man Has Made You Gay”s – the era has benefited from enough time having passed for us to forget the worst of it!
Not to be a 90s kid on main, but lately I’ve been questioning how much of my “Nostalgia” for older things is actually just… recognizing how many older things were actually better in some fashion.
In particular the fact that I recently started using an old Atari computer from the 80s as my main music-composing computer really got me thinking - since I have no nostalgia for this computer whatsoever. Yet it literally has superior MIDI tracking speeds in comparison to modern computers.
So much discussion of Nostalgia basically focuses on media. And you might make an argument for like hand-drawn cartoons, or video games actually being a complete package rather than an incremental DLC pipeline. However it’s hard to say those things are like… actually “Better” since there is so much subjectivity.
Going back to audio tech, it just blows my mind that we went from an era of a single machine with a large number of functions - and now we are in an era where every function is sold in it’s own $500 box.