Nostalgia-focused media diminishes the quality of entertainment
Background info:To date, Disney has made over a dozen live-action remakes of its prior films, and it has the same amount in the works. Classic Nintendo characters constantly appear in sequels, remakes, and rereleases: most recently, they sold Super Mario 3D All-Stars on the Switch, a $60 package comprising 3 games from 1996, 2002, and 2007. And shows like Full House and Boy Meets World, from the 1990s have experienced a renaissance in the last decade with spin-offs and sequels like Fuller House and Girl Meets World.Whether it’s a blockbuster remake or a retro resale, a significant market share of new media is somehow tied to the past. Media like this can prompt feelings of nostalgia in consumers, calling back to a simpler time; when you were young, happy, and free, Mario was along for the ride, and if he were here now, maybe those feelings of 6 year-old you sitting on the rug with an N64 controller in your hands would return. Also, reimaginings allow for technical advancements of today to apply to the media of yesterday; seeing real Lions sing Hakuna Matata probably wasn’t possible in 1994 when the hand-drawn images of Simba and friends were animated. Additionally, modern applications of equality and diversity can be applied to older projects where those principles weren't in mind; the 1989 film Heathers featured an almost entirely white cast while the cast of the 2018 TV reboot is more racially and sexually diverse.Critics of nostalgia-fueled remakes, spinoffs, and repackaging argue they lack the creativity that drove the original iterations and rely too heavily on the existing love that fans had for the franchise. Perhaps, constantly reusing the same roster or plot is a sign that creators and companies are scared to take risks and instead opt for the safer ingredients. Also, specifically in regards to technically impressive remakes, the virtue of realism may carry with it an absence of style, liveliness and emotion; as the Boston Globe’s Nora Mcgreevy put it in her review of 2019’s Lion King, “You’ll find yourself longing for the freedom afforded by simple lines and pixels.” Many also criticize media remade with the purpose of a more diverse cast as a way to sell the same movie again with little change; they have also been criticized as a disservice to minorities who,instead of having their own original films, are secluded to remakes of existing ones.Good or bad, nostalgia plays a big part in media consumption and creation.For the Entertainment section’s NewViewNovember prompt, we ask you to respond to the following statement:Nostalgia-focused media diminishes the quality of entertainment.There is no right answer to this prompt. Prompts are written in the from of a statement to fit with agreement/disagreement/other and do not imply the opinion of NewViewNews or contest judges. Responses may fall somewhere in-between these three responses, and we ask you not to stress about which category to put it in as all opinions are equally valid, and nuance is something to neither avoid nor force.You will not be judged based on what your opinion is, but, rather, how well you deliver your argument. Some criteria of good articles include intelligible, well-reasoned arguments that are thorough in their response. While we feel specific rubrics are too creatively constraining of the writing process, we want to stress that plagiarism will not be tolerated. Also, the use of sources is encouraged if your article may benefit from it. Pictures are required for the purposes of thumbnails but will not be judged as a part of your article for content purposes.NewViewNovember is a month-long series of contests hosted on NewViewNews. All seven topics of NewViewNews (business, entertainment, politics, religion, social issues, sports, and technology) have their own opinion prompt to respond to. The best response to each prompt receives $25 at the end of the month and the best site-wide opinion article, including NewViewNovember responses, for the month receives $50. For information on how to respond to articles, check this section of our how-to guide. For our opinion contest headquarters, navigate to the "contest" page. Any questions can be directed to [email protected]We are also running a news article contest! More information can be found on the "contest" page.Further reading for this prompt can be found in the sources section.
BBC: Mulan: Disney remakes and the power of nostalgia during coronavirus: https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-47696220 The New York Times: Like Old Hollywood Movies, Video Games Get a Polish for New Audiences: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/01/business/video-game-remake-remaster-nostalgia.html Insider:Why Disney keeps remaking so many of its animated movies: https://www.insider.com/why-disney-keeps-remaking-animated-movies-2020-5 Wikipedia: Lists of film remakes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_film_remakes Wikipedia: List of television programs based on films: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_television_programs_based_on_films Wikipedia: list of video game remakes and remastered ports https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_video_game_remakes_and_remastered_ports
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