Videocassettes, blogs and nostalgia: It’s Yesterday Once More

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Tuesday 18 July 2017

In 2016, USA Today reported that the production of videocassette recorders was ceasing. This news came at a time when the few remaining DVD stores (formerly video stores) were closing their doors. There was a sense, then, in which the videocassette was being resigned to history. But has it? 

In recent years, we have witnessed the emergence of several blogs devoted to videocassettes. Three such blogs: Appreciation for Paramount VHS OpeningsCult VHS, and Dr Thompson's own site, Video Shop Daze. All three blogs appear to glance back nostalgically at the videocassette and the era (broadly speaking, the 1980s to 1990s) in which this medium was dominant.

The event will present a number of questions, including:

  • Why has the notoriously unsophisticated videocassette become the locus of such nostalgia?
  • What view of ‘the past’ does this sense of nostalgia invoke?
  • How do the above-mentioned blogs mobilise, perpetuate and/or undermine this nostalgia?

About Dr Thompson

Dr Jay Daniel Thompson lectures in Media and Communications at the University of Melbourne. He has also taught at Victoria University, where he continues to supervise a PhD thesis. Dr Thompson’s research interests include writing for digital media, discourse analysis, and gender and sexuality studies

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18 July 2017, 1:00pm to 2:00pm


Footscray Park Ballarat Road

Building A, Room A432.

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Teah Farrugia
College of Arts & Education