This one might not be interesting to everyone, we’ll be the first to admit. We further admit that it be primarily of interest to Ben and Brady, perhaps no one else. That said, this isn’t an Exclusive Club, so instead of emailing an impersonal link to these two guys, we’ll just share the whole thing with you, our faithful readers and our best friends.
It’s a Top Ten 80’s Cartoon Theme Songs countdown, in case you are interested. There was like one or two on there that I wasn’t familiar with. And there was one or two that nearly had me falling out of my desk chair (much to the consternation of Renee the Secretary, who was trying to hand me a packet of very important documents).
Media Nostalgia is a weird thing, a two-dimensional audio/visual cue that says yes, twenty-some years ago your brain absorbed something, only because that’s what young brains tend to do. Can we gain anything from this nostalgia? Do we remember the dampness of late-fall afternoon rain sliding down the windows outside of the clammy room in which we were watching this thing? Do we remember the big bowl of colorful and soggy Fruity Pebbles that accompanied us through our first half hour of Saturday Morning cartoons? And if we do, what can we do with this memory?
There’s lots of stuff you can do with it. If you’re a negative person (and we’re not), you could shake your head at how your childhood was consumed by media, by cartoons that sold you commercials that sold you toys that sold you comics and cards and prepped you for an adulthood of “needing” iPhones, Yaris’s (Yareye?), XM Radios, Internet service providers, Diesel jeans, and Bose speakers. But ew, gross, no thanks, here at FSD we don’t think like that.
What you should do with the trigger memories that come from watching the old cartoons of your lost youth is to make it your found youth. I mean you ever get into kids? For one, they’re way younger than you are. They’re like supergeniuses. Clearly, they have all the Secrets of the Universe. Anyone can tell you that. So that means that at one point in the ever-more-distant past, YOU had the Secrets of the Universe too. So remembering what it was once like to be a kid — thinking about your own childhood for a few minutes a week, even — can really do you some Serious Good. Who told you stop watching cartoons anyway? Your parents did. And everyone knows that parents are the Enemy!
Anyhow: Ben, Brady: this one is for you. And oh yeah! Holly, you should watch this too. There’s one on there for you as well.