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‘A couple of these videos is all you really needed to get pumped to skate’: Subcultural media, nostalgia and re-viewing 1990s skate media on YouTube

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posted on 2021-11-29, 13:44 authored by Thomas Thurnell-ReadThomas Thurnell-Read
The reappearance of VHS skateboarding movies produced during the 1990s on YouTube presents a timely opportunity to examine how the subcultural identities of former skateboarders are reassessed in later life. Drawing on subcultural studies and theories of mediated memory, this article analyses comments made by viewers of YouTube re-postings of 411 Video Magazine, an era-defining skateboard movie series of the 1990s. The analysis suggests that re-viewing content of once cherished VHS tapes affords former skaters a nostalgic moment of reconnection with their youth involving a combination of three forms of nostalgia: subcultural nostalgia, biographical nostalgia, and format nostalgia. For many viewers, re-viewing skate videos retrospectively recognizes the formative role skateboarding played in shaping their identity and also allows an appraisal of both the past subcultural formation and the media format through which its values were expressed and communicated.

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  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy

Published in

YOUNG

Volume

30

Issue

2

Pages

165 - 182

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© Sage Publications and YOUNG Editorial Group

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Sage under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 4.0 International Licence (CC BY-NC). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

Publication date

2021-11-25

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

1103-3088

eISSN

1741-3222

Language

  • en

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Deposit date: 29 November 2021

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