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17th Apr '18 5:13:04 PM Monolaf317
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--> ''"Superheroes have always flourished in the times of greatest American adversity. During the depression era, we were afraid of not being able to put food on the table. We were afraid of becoming involved in a great world war that would take our freedom away. In the atomic age, we were afraid of radiation. Now, we're afraid of terrorist attacks. In all of those eras of history, that's when superheroes have enjoyed their greatest resurgence."''
-->-- '''Creator/MarkWaid''', ''Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle''

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--> ''"Superheroes ->''"Superheroes have always flourished in the times of greatest American adversity. During the depression era, we were afraid of not being able to put food on the table. We were afraid of becoming involved in a great world war that would take our freedom away. In the atomic age, we were afraid of radiation. Now, we're afraid of terrorist attacks. In all of those eras of history, that's when superheroes have enjoyed their greatest resurgence."''
-->-- ->-- '''Creator/MarkWaid''', ''Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle''
17th Jan '18 3:01:34 AM Cryoclaste
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* {{Vampire|Tropes}}s, the ''other'' undead monsters, at roughly the same time as zombies. While the zombie obsession was largely born out of geek culture, the vampire craze came from teenagers, particularly teenage girls, beginning when ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' romanticized the creatures to a degree that Creator/AnneRice and Creator/JossWhedon could scarcely have imagined. It truly took off once the ''Twilight'' movies came out, with vampires becoming ''the'' symbols of romance for an entire generation of women born between 1985 and 1995. Shows like ''Series/TrueBlood'' and ''TheVampireDiaries'' only fed the craze.

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* {{Vampire|Tropes}}s, the ''other'' undead monsters, at roughly the same time as zombies. While the zombie obsession was largely born out of geek culture, the vampire craze came from teenagers, particularly teenage girls, beginning when ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' romanticized the creatures to a degree that Creator/AnneRice and Creator/JossWhedon could scarcely have imagined. It truly took off once the ''Twilight'' movies came out, with vampires becoming ''the'' symbols of romance for an entire generation of women born between 1985 and 1995. Shows like ''Series/TrueBlood'' and ''TheVampireDiaries'' ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' only fed the craze.
29th Dec '17 4:40:46 AM Cryoclaste
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* In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the previously secretive world of advertising agencies suddenly became the focus of immense cultural interest. The inner workings of Madison Avenue became the fodder for books, plays, TV shows, and movies (''The Man In the Grey Flannel Suit'', ''HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying'', ''Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter'', ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'', ''Lover Come Back''). Its unique internal jargon, often focused on CYA and consensus building, briefly flooded American speech; some bits of it still remain (for instance, "run it up the flagpole and see who salutes", which was a well-worn cliche decades before it appeared in Music/HarveyDanger's 1997 song "Flagpole Sitta"), and the TV series ''Series/MadMen'' seems primed to revive much of the old adman slang. (As a nod to the old fad, ''Mad Men'' casts Robert Morse, the leading man in the original 1961 Broadway production of ''How to Succeed in Business...'', as the eccentric Bert Cooper).

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* In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the previously secretive world of advertising agencies suddenly became the focus of immense cultural interest. The inner workings of Madison Avenue became the fodder for books, plays, TV shows, and movies (''The Man In the Grey Flannel Suit'', ''HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying'', ''Theatre/HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying'', ''Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter'', ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'', ''Lover Come Back''). Its unique internal jargon, often focused on CYA and consensus building, briefly flooded American speech; some bits of it still remain (for instance, "run it up the flagpole and see who salutes", which was a well-worn cliche decades before it appeared in Music/HarveyDanger's 1997 song "Flagpole Sitta"), and the TV series ''Series/MadMen'' seems primed to revive much of the old adman slang. (As a nod to the old fad, ''Mad Men'' casts Robert Morse, the leading man in the original 1961 Broadway production of ''How to Succeed in Business...'', as the eccentric Bert Cooper).
20th Dec '17 3:41:33 PM NightShade96
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-->-- '''MarkWaid''', ''Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle''

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-->-- '''MarkWaid''', '''Creator/MarkWaid''', ''Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle''
25th Aug '17 6:20:19 PM nombretomado
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* The post-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII villains ''du jour'' in American media have been: Sinister Russian [[DirtyCommunists Commies]] during the postwar period, Sinister Muslim [[ArabOilSheikh Oil Barons]] during the energy crises of TheSeventies, Sinister Russians again during TheEighties and TheNineties (with [[TheNewRussia a transition]] from commies to [[TheMafiya gangsters and arms dealers]] after [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp around 1990]]), and Sinister Muslim Terrorists during TheWarOnTerror. UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin is alleged to be working hard to maintain the cycle. The alleged perpetrators of the April 2013 Boston bombing turning out to be [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Sinister Russian Muslims]] probably indicates this perception isn't going away anytime soon.

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* The post-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII villains ''du jour'' in American media have been: Sinister Russian [[DirtyCommunists Commies]] during the postwar period, Sinister Muslim [[ArabOilSheikh Oil Barons]] during the energy crises of TheSeventies, Sinister Russians again during TheEighties and TheNineties (with [[TheNewRussia [[UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia a transition]] from commies to [[TheMafiya gangsters and arms dealers]] after [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp around 1990]]), and Sinister Muslim Terrorists during TheWarOnTerror. UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin is alleged to be working hard to maintain the cycle. The alleged perpetrators of the April 2013 Boston bombing turning out to be [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Sinister Russian Muslims]] probably indicates this perception isn't going away anytime soon.
14th Apr '17 8:39:59 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* Returning American servicemen from [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the Pacific War]] brought home a fascination with Polynesian culture that flourished from the late '40s well into the '60s, starting with the 1947 ''Kon-Tiki'' expedition and the 1948 James Michener short story collection ''Tales of the South Pacific'' (loosely adapted the following year into the musical ''Theatre/SouthPacific'') and continuing with the pseudo-tropical "exotica" music genre and a slew of "fun in the sun" movies set on Pacific islands. UsefulNotes/{{Hawaii}}an statehood in 1959 and the rise of cheap air travel gave it a second wind, embedding Hawaii in American pop culture as a pleasure resort (before that, it was a distant colonial outpost known for plantations, Pearl Harbor, and little else), a status that managed to outlast the Polynesian craze. The trope of the former GI running a tiki stand in paradise can still be found in some works.

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* Returning American servicemen from [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the Pacific War]] brought home a fascination with Polynesian culture that flourished from the late '40s well into the '60s, starting '60s. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiki_culture "Tiki culture"]] took off with the 1947 ''Kon-Tiki'' expedition and the 1948 James Michener short story collection ''Tales of the South Pacific'' (loosely adapted the following year into the musical ''Theatre/SouthPacific'') ''Theatre/SouthPacific''), and continuing continued with the pseudo-tropical "exotica" music genre and a slew of "fun in the sun" movies set on Pacific islands. UsefulNotes/{{Hawaii}}an statehood in 1959 and the rise of cheap air travel gave it a second wind, embedding Hawaii in American pop culture as a pleasure resort (before that, it was a distant colonial outpost known for plantations, Pearl Harbor, and little else), a status that managed to outlast the Polynesian craze. The trope of the former GI running a tiki stand in paradise can still be found in some works.
13th Apr '17 8:46:23 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* Returning American servicemen from [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the Pacific War]] brought home a fascination with Polynesian culture that flourished from the late '40s well into the '60s, starting with the 1949 musical ''Theatre/SouthPacific'' and continuing with all manner of "tropical" music records and "fun in the sun" movies set on Pacific islands. UsefulNotes/{{Hawaii}} was embedded in American pop culture as a pleasure resort during this time (before that, it was a distant colonial outpost known for fruit and sugar plantations, Pearl Harbor, and little else), a status that managed to outlast the Polynesian craze, and the trope of the former GI running a tiki stand in paradise can still be found in some works.

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* Returning American servicemen from [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the Pacific War]] brought home a fascination with Polynesian culture that flourished from the late '40s well into the '60s, starting with the 1949 1947 ''Kon-Tiki'' expedition and the 1948 James Michener short story collection ''Tales of the South Pacific'' (loosely adapted the following year into the musical ''Theatre/SouthPacific'' ''Theatre/SouthPacific'') and continuing with all manner of "tropical" the pseudo-tropical "exotica" music records genre and a slew of "fun in the sun" movies set on Pacific islands. UsefulNotes/{{Hawaii}} was embedded UsefulNotes/{{Hawaii}}an statehood in 1959 and the rise of cheap air travel gave it a second wind, embedding Hawaii in American pop culture as a pleasure resort during this time (before that, it was a distant colonial outpost known for fruit and sugar plantations, Pearl Harbor, and little else), a status that managed to outlast the Polynesian craze, and the craze. The trope of the former GI running a tiki stand in paradise can still be found in some works.
13th Apr '17 8:36:27 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* Returning American servicemen from [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the Pacific War]] brought home a fascination with Polynesian culture that flourished from the late '40s well into the '60s, starting with the 1949 musical ''Theatre/SouthPacific'' and continuing with all manner of "tropical" music records and "fun in the sun" movies set on Pacific islands. UsefulNotes/{{Hawaii}} was embedded in American pop culture as a pleasure resort during this time (before that, it was a distant colonial outpost known for fruit and sugar plantations, Pearl Harbor, and little else), a status that managed to outlast the Polynesian craze, and the trope of the former GI running a tiki stand in paradise can still be found in some works.
28th Jan '17 4:53:22 PM Wyldchyld
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* The success of ''Series/QueerEye'' gave us a period of infatuation with "[[WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame gay culture]]" (in other words, every [[StereotypeGay gay stereotype]] possible). This period even gave us "metrosexuals", men who, [[AmbiguouslyGay despite not actually being gay]], [[CampStraight spoke, dressed, and acted as much like flaming queens]] as possible. It also led to the replacement of ''fop'' with this neologism; a literal reading of the word would mean either "one who is sexually attracted to moderation", "one who is sexually attracted to cities", "[[Theatre/OedipusRex one who is sexually attracted to mothers]]", or possibly "one who is sexually attracted to a subway system"... [[FetishFuel not that those things don't exist.]]

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* The success of ''Series/QueerEye'' gave us a period of infatuation with "[[WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame gay culture]]" (in other words, every [[StereotypeGay gay stereotype]] possible). This period even gave us "metrosexuals", men who, [[AmbiguouslyGay despite not actually being gay]], [[CampStraight spoke, dressed, and acted as much like flaming queens]] as possible. It also led to the replacement of ''fop'' with this neologism; a literal reading of the word would mean either "one who is sexually attracted to moderation", "one who is sexually attracted to cities", "[[Theatre/OedipusRex one who is sexually attracted to mothers]]", or possibly "one who is sexually attracted to a subway system"... [[FetishFuel not that those things don't exist.]]
10th Nov '16 2:51:47 PM Laevatein
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--> ''"Superheroes have always flourished in the times of greatest American adversity. During the depression era, we were afraid of not being able to put food on the table. We were afraid of becoming involved in a great world war that would take our freedom away. In the atomic age, we were afraid of radiation. Now, we're afraid of terrorist attacks. In all of those eras of history, that's when superheroes have enjoyed their greatest resurgence."''
-->-- '''MarkWaid''', ''Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle''
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