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8th Apr '16 10:51:38 AM Goldfritha
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* {{Arcadia}} was once regarded as charming because it was settled by humans, with pastures and fields, as opposed to the WildWilderness. Now, in more settled times, it is regarded as natural and so a contrast to ViceCity.
2nd Apr '16 4:10:01 AM Ramidel
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* The YuriGenre has broadened its scope in TheNewTens. The pure romance story where two girls meet at a OneGenderSchool is showing its age, while lesbian relationships are becoming increasingly common romantic subplots in a number of genres. ''Anime/CrossAnge'' and ''Anime/KillLaKill'', among others, show multiple homosexual relationships among the main characters, but use very few of the standard tropes of the genre and are primarily action series. This is increasingly referred to as "background yuri."
23rd Mar '16 9:57:10 PM azul120
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{{Trope}}s are based upon very well-founded principles of storytelling. But, as [[SocietyMarchesOn society changes]], tropes may [[DiscreditedTrope fall out of favor]], either through association with [[ValuesDissonance something no longer considered acceptable]], or from simple overuse and falling into a cliché. At that point, [[DeadHorseTrope a subversion of the original may rise up to become the new standard]], and the original will be slowly [[ForgottenTrope forgotten]].

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{{Trope}}s are based upon very well-founded principles of storytelling. But, as [[SocietyMarchesOn society changes]], tropes may [[DiscreditedTrope fall out of favor]], either through association with [[ValuesDissonance something no longer considered acceptable]], or from simple overuse and falling into a cliché. At that point, [[DeadHorseTrope a subversion of the original may rise up to become the new standard]], and the original will be slowly [[ForgottenTrope forgotten]].
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* Between the 1930s and the '60s, the U.S. government, in film, was portrayed as [[NobleProfession unequivocally good]]. The portrayal of corruption has become more and more common, though as PatrioticFervor rises, it may lapse back for a time. The late [[TheSixties Sixties]] saw ''liberal'' contempt for the U.S. government, but in [[TheSeventies the Seventies]] ''conservatives'' started to exhibit anti-government attitudes. There are currently antiestablishment factions on both ends of the spectrum (exemplified perfectly by the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street), and they wax and wane in influence depending on the political alignment of whoever is in power at the time.

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* Between the 1930s and the '60s, the U.S. government, in film, was portrayed as [[NobleProfession unequivocally good]]. The portrayal of corruption has become more and more common, though as PatrioticFervor rises, it may lapse back for a time. The late [[TheSixties Sixties]] saw ''liberal'' contempt for the U.S. government, but in [[TheSeventies the Seventies]] TheSeventies ''conservatives'' started to exhibit anti-government attitudes. There are currently antiestablishment factions on both ends of the spectrum (exemplified perfectly by the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street), and they wax and wane in influence depending on the political alignment of whoever is in power at the time.



** This slowly changed, from an unheroic mentor into an [[TheSmartGuy active part of The Hero's posse.]]
** This is more of a {{cyclic trope}} though -- a lot of pulp stories (and even earlier Victorian stuff) had a GeniusBruiser protagonist.

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** This slowly changed, from an unheroic mentor into an [[TheSmartGuy active part of The Hero's posse.]]
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** This is more of a {{cyclic trope}} CyclicTrope though -- a lot of pulp stories (and even earlier Victorian stuff) had a GeniusBruiser protagonist. protagonist.



* Quite apart from ScienceMarchesOn the ''narrative'' role of dinosaurs in films and television has changed over the years. Outside of comedy and cartoons (where friendly dinos can be found since [[WesternAnimation/GertieTheDinosaur Gertie's]] day) ReptilesAreAbhorrent was the overwhelming depiction for decades with even non-predatory dinosaurs being shown as ugly, lumbering monsters. ''Film/JurassicPark'' seems to have been the gamechanger where dinosaurs were as much a source of awe and delight as fear and even the T-Rex coming across as a dangerous but majestic beast more than a mere killing and eating machine.
* ADogAteMyHomework is now [[DeadHorseTrope so well-known]] as a LameExcuse for students who didn't do/bring in homework assignments, that ''most'' students wouldn't use it. That, and the fact that this is the computer/printer age, make for the (much more plausible) excuses that a) "my computer crashed" or b) "my printer stopped working". (Using the two together would, however, be laying it on too thick.)

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* Quite apart from ScienceMarchesOn the ''narrative'' role of dinosaurs in films and television has changed over the years. Outside of comedy and cartoons (where friendly dinos can be found since [[WesternAnimation/GertieTheDinosaur Gertie's]] WesternAnimation/{{Gertie|TheDinosaur}}'s day) ReptilesAreAbhorrent was the overwhelming depiction for decades with even non-predatory dinosaurs being shown as ugly, lumbering monsters. ''Film/JurassicPark'' seems to have been the gamechanger where dinosaurs were as much a source of awe and delight as fear and even the T-Rex coming across as a dangerous but majestic beast more than a mere killing and eating machine.
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* ADogAteMyHomework is now [[DeadHorseTrope so well-known]] as a LameExcuse for students who didn't do/bring in homework assignments, that ''most'' students wouldn't use it. That, and the fact that this is the computer/printer age, make for the (much more plausible) excuses that a) "my computer crashed" or b) "my printer stopped working". (Using the two together would, however, be laying it on too thick.) )
4th Mar '16 4:05:02 PM Josef5678
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4th Mar '16 1:34:16 PM MsChibi
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* ADogAteMyHomework is now [[DeadHorseTrope so well-known]] as a LameExcuse for students who didn't do/bring in homework assignments, that ''most'' students wouldn't use it. That, and the fact that this is the computer/printer age, make for the (much more plausible) excuses that a) "my computer crashed" or b) "my printer stopped working". (Using the two together would, however, be laying it on too thick.)



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25th Feb '16 12:08:15 PM Josef5678
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* ''{{The Onion}}'' points out [[http://www.theonion.com/content/news_briefs/african_americans_go_from?utm_source=slate_rss_1 an example.]] African Americans were thought to be unable to compete at sports in before Jackie Robinson, now in the United States, it is assumed that African Americans are better at sports than others.

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* ''{{The ''Website/{{The Onion}}'' points out [[http://www.theonion.com/content/news_briefs/african_americans_go_from?utm_source=slate_rss_1 an example.]] African Americans were thought to be unable to compete at sports in before Jackie Robinson, now in the United States, it is assumed that African Americans are better at sports than others.



* The Polish used to be the butt of many jokes ripping on their supposed lack of intelligence. However, once Polish-Americans settled in, they assimilated pretty well, even taking top-level positions in the US government - Zbigniew Brzezinski comes to mind. Recently, Polish-American and American Jews of Polish descent are often portrayed as smart - for instance Howard and Bernadette on TheBigBangTheory. This can result in UnfortunateImplications, since if you're of Polish descent and you ''just happen'' to be simple-minded, you'll get hell from everyone: bigots will mock you (and feel justified in doing so), and fellow Poles will [[UncleTomfoolery despise you]] [[StopBeingStereotypical for making them look bad]].

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* The Polish used to be the butt of many jokes ripping on their supposed lack of intelligence. However, once Polish-Americans settled in, they assimilated pretty well, even taking top-level positions in the US government - Zbigniew Brzezinski comes to mind. Recently, Polish-American and American Jews of Polish descent are often portrayed as smart - for instance Howard and Bernadette on TheBigBangTheory.''Administrivia/TheBigBangTheory''. This can result in UnfortunateImplications, since if you're of Polish descent and you ''just happen'' to be simple-minded, you'll get hell from everyone: bigots will mock you (and feel justified in doing so), and fellow Poles will [[UncleTomfoolery despise you]] [[StopBeingStereotypical for making them look bad]].



** There's a weird component to this, though: a savvy sci-fi producer will make their future supercomputer somewhere between the size of a washing machine and the size of a couple of refrigerators sitting next to each other, because that seems to be the sweet spot for how big supercomputers actually have been since at least the mid-1970s. Sure, you can put the compute power of a 1975 CRAY-1 in a smartphone now, but you can put ''many times'' that compute power in a refrigerator-sized cabinet ... and most supercomputing centers have the ''space'' for such a cabinet, so why not use it?

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** There's a weird component to this, though: a savvy sci-fi producer will make their future supercomputer somewhere between the size of a washing machine and the size of a couple of refrigerators sitting next to each other, because that seems to be the sweet spot for how big supercomputers actually have been since at least the mid-1970s. Sure, you can put the compute computational power of a 1975 CRAY-1 in a smartphone now, but you can put ''many times'' that compute power in a refrigerator-sized cabinet ... and most supercomputing centers have the ''space'' for such a cabinet, so why not use it?



* As ''WesternAnimaiton/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' changed the public's perception of ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'', the nature of MyLittlePhony would change with it. Whereas older examples of the trope would [[TakeThat mock]] the franchise, more modern ones would depict it in a more positive light, sometimes poking fun at its [[PeripheryDemographic older audience]].

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* As ''WesternAnimaiton/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' changed the public's perception of ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'', the nature of MyLittlePhony would change with it. Whereas older examples of the trope would [[TakeThat mock]] the franchise, more modern ones would depict it in a more positive light, light as an AffectionateParody, sometimes poking fun at its [[PeripheryDemographic older audience]].



* As {{webcomics}} first began to appear as a medium, TwoGamersOnACouch became a good way for a strip centered around video game humor to frame its jokes. Thanks to SturgeonsLaw and [[SeenItAMillionTimes overuse]], it began to fall out of favor amongst web comic creators, but the concept of TwoGamersOnACouch survived through the world of LetsPlay, with ''WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay'' and ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'' being among the most prominent examples.

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* As {{webcomics}} first began to appear as a medium, TwoGamersOnACouch became a good way for a strip centered around video game humor to frame its jokes. Thanks to SturgeonsLaw and [[SeenItAMillionTimes [[FollowTheLeader overuse]], it began to fall out of favor amongst web comic creators, but the concept of TwoGamersOnACouch survived through the world of LetsPlay, with ''WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay'' and ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'' being among the most prominent examples.
2nd Dec '15 7:38:38 PM Mhazard
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* Computers were originally [[TheAestheticsOfTechnology depicted]] as [[BillionsOfButtons house-sized switchboards]] full of vacuum tubes. Later on, they began using transistors and sported [[ComputerEqualsTapeDrive reel-to-reel tapes spinning in the background]]. Still later, they used microchips, got much smaller, [[ComputerEqualsMonitor displayed their information on monitors]] and stored data on [[MagicFloppyDisk floppy disks]]. Right now, they're [[EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture small enough to fit in a pocket]] and stay [[EverythingIsOnline connected to the outside world]]. [[TechnologyMarchesOn Who knows what's next]]?

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* Computers were originally [[TheAestheticsOfTechnology depicted]] as [[BillionsOfButtons house-sized switchboards]] full of vacuum tubes. Later on, they began using transistors and sported [[ComputerEqualsTapeDrive reel-to-reel tapes spinning in the background]]. Still later, they used microchips, got much smaller, [[ComputerEqualsMonitor displayed their information on monitors]] and stored data on [[MagicFloppyDisk floppy disks]]. Right now, they're [[EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture small enough to fit in a pocket]] and stay [[EverythingIsOnline connected to the outside world]]. [[TechnologyMarchesOn Who knows knows]] [[{{Nanomachines}} what's next]]?
22nd Sep '15 9:47:46 PM 10-13-2
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** More recently, a German might be portrayed as [[GermanicDepressives depressive]] or have [[GermanHumour odd senses of humour]]. The main constant though has been {{Oktoberfest}} and other related Bavarian traditions as lederhosen are almost always funny. Through it all, the eccentric Germanic professor or doctor has remained a comedy staple, even though plenty of other countries - some of them nowhere near Germany - now churn out brilliant scientists.

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** More recently, a German might be portrayed as [[GermanicDepressives depressive]] or have [[GermanHumour odd senses of humour]]. The main constant though has been {{Oktoberfest}} and other related Bavarian traditions as lederhosen are almost always funny. Through it all, also, the eccentric Germanic professor or doctor has remained a comedy staple, even though plenty of other countries - some of them nowhere near Germany - now churn out brilliant scientists.
22nd Sep '15 9:46:44 PM 10-13-2
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* Between the 1930s and the '60s, the U.S. government, in film, was portrayed as [[NobleProfession unequivocally good]]. The portrayal of corruption has become more and more common, though as PatrioticFervor rises, it may lapse back for a time. The late [[TheSixties Sixties]] saw ''liberal'' contempt for the U.S. government, but in [[TheSeventies the Seventies]] ''conservatives'' started to exhibit anti-government attitudes. There are currently antiestablishment factions on both ends of the spectrum, and they wax and wane in influence depending on the political alignment of whoever is in power at the time.

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* Between the 1930s and the '60s, the U.S. government, in film, was portrayed as [[NobleProfession unequivocally good]]. The portrayal of corruption has become more and more common, though as PatrioticFervor rises, it may lapse back for a time. The late [[TheSixties Sixties]] saw ''liberal'' contempt for the U.S. government, but in [[TheSeventies the Seventies]] ''conservatives'' started to exhibit anti-government attitudes. There are currently antiestablishment factions on both ends of the spectrum, spectrum (exemplified perfectly by the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street), and they wax and wane in influence depending on the political alignment of whoever is in power at the time.



** At first [[AllGermansAreNazis every German, from civilians to Gestapo, used to be]] [[AlwaysChaoticEvil monochromatically evil]] (This applied to UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, as well), with the concept of the [[TokenEnemyMinority "Good German"]] appearing as the conflict went on.

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** At first [[AllGermansAreNazis every German, from civilians to Gestapo, used to be]] [[AlwaysChaoticEvil monochromatically evil]] (This applied to UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, as well), with the concept of the [[TokenEnemyMinority "Good German"]] appearing as the conflict went on. Imperial-era Germans in fiction didn't even need anti-Semitism, racism or just plain world domination as a justification to be evil; they did terrible deeds [[ForTheEvulz just for the hell of it]].
22nd Sep '15 9:44:27 PM 10-13-2
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** More recently, a German might be portrayed as [[GermanicDepressives depressive]] or have [[GermanHumour odd senses of humour]]. The main constant though has been {{Oktoberfest}} and other related Bavarian traditions as lederhosen are almost always funny.

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** More recently, a German might be portrayed as [[GermanicDepressives depressive]] or have [[GermanHumour odd senses of humour]]. The main constant though has been {{Oktoberfest}} and other related Bavarian traditions as lederhosen are almost always funny. Through it all, the eccentric Germanic professor or doctor has remained a comedy staple, even though plenty of other countries - some of them nowhere near Germany - now churn out brilliant scientists.
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