The Way We Live Now
“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.” --- Marcel Proust
Nostalgia can be a dangerous thing.
The tendency to fondly reminiscence about our past is a tendency that is in direct conflict with the history of our country. Few countries in the world have a history as violent and inequitable as ours. We often sift through our memories, focusing on aspects of the past that we like and ignoring the things that we find objectionable. The reality is that nearly all of our current problems are direct descendants of previous ones. The perceived innocence of our country’s “golden age,” constructed through media and advertising, creates fertile ground to outline the contradictory nature of this longing to return to the “good old days.”
By investigating and critiquing our present condition through the use of historical mass media, I hope to create a dialogue reflecting upon the past mistakes and philosophical incongruities that we have cobbled into a national identity and whether or not we have made any real progress in repairing this damage.