Myth Of The 1950s Dreams

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A longing for what we had or what our parents had in the past makes the definition of nostalgia. The current hard financial situation, income insecurity, depression, anxiety, miscommunication, with the help of media advertising, are making the Americans dream about the 1950s. But, are these dreams really on the rise, and, if yes, are these dreams dangerous ? These are the questions that Stephen Coontz in'' What We Really Miss About 1950s is arguing about''. Yes, nostalgia for the 1950s is rising and it is dangerous because it creates a picture of American family that subordinates woman to man and that exclude non- traditional families and minorities families. The increase of the nostalgia for 1950s, shows itself to us by means of contemporary media and especially through permeate of television shows like I Love Lucy, Leave It To Beaver, Father Knows Best, The Donna Reed Show, and many others. In addition, today's hard financial situation is taking the society into a depression and a moral decline. The atmosphere in today's society is similar to the postwar atmosphere when the society had a feeling of hopelessness caused by income insecurity, family disruptions and domestic strife during the 1930s and 1940s.That misgiving was the reason why society became ready for something new. Then television and sitcoms have played a constant role in the lives of many. They reflected and directed the American audiences and engaged them into a new world. So, the today's reruns of the Cosby Show and l Love Lucy and many others that represent the picture of a perfect traditional American family is to rise the nostalgia for 1950s, that means push the today society into a different world from the today world. In her essay, Coontz describes the negative and dangerous aspects of the 1950s' American way of life,that this rise could cause today. The disrespect of women's and
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