Regret Everything: Down with References! [Click for full article]
Here’s the problem, fellow humans: There is TOO MUCH INFORMATION in the world, and it makes it impossible to know what anyone is really talking about.
I realized this last night while watching SpongeBob Squarepants.
You see, I was shocked — SHOCKED — to find there was a criminal level of nostalgia in SpongeBob! I’m referring to the “special episode” which broadcast last night made in the style of the stop-motion animated classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Do you understand the immense demand of cultural memory that show asked of its audience? Let’s look at the numbers:
Spongebob Squarepants is a character which first debuted in 1999 — that’s thirteen years ago. So already this show is asking its prime time audience to be aware of a kids show from 2.5 presidents ago. Now, this particular special is aping the style of a stop-motion Christmas special that first aired in 1964 – a stunning forty-eight years ago!
Even just the concept of “special episode” itself dates back quite a ways: either during the late 1980s when Blossom discovered drugs in her backpack, or maybe the early 1980s on Family Ties when Michael J. Fox’s friend killed himself or in the mid-1980s on Cheers when Norm fingered Cliff in the bathroom. I think that happened. Frankly, it’s all a blur. Point is: I shouldn’t be expected to keep this all straight and neither should you. [Keep Reading]