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Back to the FiftiesNostalgia, Hollywood Film, and Popular Music of the Seventies and Eighties$
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Michael D. Dwyer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199356836

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199356836.001.0001

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The Futures of Nostalgia

(p.179) Epilogue
Back to the Fifties

Michael D. Dwyer

Oxford University Press

The epilogue considers the persistence of the Re-Generation's Fifties fantasies in contemporary America. Considering a new wave of Eighties nostalgia in film, television, popular music, video games and online fan communities, the epilogue argues for the continued relevance of pop nostalgia visions of the Fifties in American consciousness. The comedy Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) and the online mash-up video “Brokeback to the Future” serve as evidence for the contemporary impulse to both enthusiastically re-live and critically re-examine the cultural attitudes of the Reagan Era. The film and the viral video open up new potential readings for Back to the Future, and encourage viewers to engage with pop nostalgia’s construction of history with skepticism.

Keywords:   Brokeback to the Future, YouTube, mash-up video, Hot Tub Time Machine, Reagan Era, John Cusack

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