We’ve all heard our parents talk fondly about the “good ol’ days,” where summers consisted of playing outside til dinnertime and evenings were spent pouring through the pages of a good book instead of scrolling through the pages of Tumblr. Pretty soon, my generation, the millennial generation, will be telling these stories to future generations, but with a heavier level of nostalgia. I notice that when it comes to growing up, millennials are more resistant to the idea of becoming “adults,” and we often recoil into the comfort of memories from the 1980’s or 1990’s – our “good ol’ days.” But why is it that the millennial generation seems to be the only generation to be overly nostalgic?
This past weekend, I got the opportunity to attend the 6th annual VidCon in Anaheim. Even though I was only able to take part in the Community-wide events (as opposed to the Creator and Industry exclusive events), I can still say that I learned a lot about the art of vlogging, and also gained the motivation I needed to really start taking my own YouTube journey more seriously.
As soon as I moved out on my own a few months ago, I prepared myself for the onslaught of “grown up” responsibilities – cutting rent and utility checks every month, tightening my budget, paying credit card bills, et cetera. I was prepared for these monetary related responsibilities, but I never expected the opportunities and experiences that would come about that would slap me in the face with adulthood.
This past Tuesday, the television adaption of the famous slasher film franchise, Scream, premiered on MTV. Following the release of the fourth film of the series in 2011, speculation arose of whether or not the franchise would continue with a fifth and sixth installment. Along with this talk of more film additions to the Scream series, it was rumored that the film franchise would pick itself up as a television series on MTV. This rumor was received with reservation from the franchise’s loyal fans – how can the integrity be maintained from a slasher film reworked for television? MTV is known for taking great risks in their original programming, pushing television series to their absolute limit, broadcasting explicit scenes that would be deemed “inappropriate for television” by other networks. Tasked with the challenge of being able to maintain the integrity of the successful and beloved Scream franchise while staying within the confines of “television appropriateness,” as well as providing an entertaining show, MTV certainly delivered and seamlessly accomplished all of these things.