In the case against “men” accusing them of ever-mounting sociopathy, one of the strongest pieces of evidence is the fact that very few of them these days can be appealed to with the heartstring-pulling nature of nostalgia. You know, like when a girl can sense that she’s about to be dropped like a hot potato for no logical reason so she pulls out a box of “sentiment” she has stored and just happens to go through it in front of her current pièce.
But for most “men,” the decision to bounce is almost always final. And now, it is probably said more often than not in these times of apathy that those who are roped in by the effects of nostalgia are weak–easily taken advantage of. One supposes “men” would explain away their callousness with the reasoning that to get attached or involved is far too dangerous–especially when there are so many other options on Tinder. In effect, Don Draper’s ad campaign for the Kodak Carousel slide projector would have never worked past the 60s, as the pitch, “Nostalgia–it’s delicate, but potent. Teddy told me that in Greek, ‘nostalgia’ literally means ‘the pain from an old wound.’ It’s a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone,” does not apply to the automatons of now.