I recently had the opportunity to see the play HEY '90's KIDS, YOU'RE OLD as part of the NYC Frigid Festival. It's a sketch comedy that actively engages with the recent popularity of 90's culture in today's society. Before I go any further, I have a confession to make: I am obsessed with the 90s. The music, the television shows, the movies, clothes... I could go on and on. By the way, did you know that they show reruns of THE GOLDEN GIRLS, FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR, MARTIN, and BOY MEETS WORLD, at least once everyday of the week in the United States? 90's R&B still makes me cry.
Growing up in the 90s was a privilege because it was the era right before the surge of the Internet, hashtags, and selfies. Wait... am I old?
Not that I'm complaining, but what gives? While the recycling of cultural icons and norms are nothing new, it does make you wonder with the creation of the Internet and social media, decades are brought to life again and again (also known as the Hollywood remake). Therefore, is anything really modern or new anymore? Or do we even care? These images are nostalgic and make us feel safe, secure, at home in a world we we get lost somewhere in the 140 characters or less.