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Katharina Niemeyer

Designating the Golden Age: media and nostalgias of (g)old times and spaces

Le Temps des médias n° 27, Automne-Hiver 2016-2017, p. 16-30.

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After a short reflection on the problematic archival indexation of the Golden Age, this article discusses its recurrent characteristics. The Golden Age is close to the notion of vintage, which means the convergence of a technology, a practice and an innovative thinking that disposes of special narrative, aesthetic or technological qualities and likewise economic success. Settled in a precise time and space, mostly in the past, the Golden Age is often associated to nostalgic feelings. Those can also reveal the dark side of the Golden Age and at the same time offer the possibility to show the layers of a nostalgia that navigates in between (apparent) regression and prospective creativity.

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