History Main / EvolvingTrope

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.
12th Jun '15 9:02:11 AM RossN
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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]] 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.
13th May '15 2:15:52 PM igordebraga
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** At first 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 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.

** The same goes for many other wild animals. Bears used to be considered so scary that people even [[SpeakOfTheDevil avoided saying their name.]] The word they used to use in place of their name was "bear." The fact that that word has now become the animal's actual name, and that we use it without fear, is a good demonstration of how much the trope has evolved. While bears still tend to be portrayed as ferocious, it's often justified by them being a MamaBear, and anyone trying to kill them is portrayed as the ''real'' villain.
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** The same goes for many other wild animals. [[BearsAreBadNews Bears used to be considered so scary scary]] that people even [[SpeakOfTheDevil avoided saying their name.]] The word they used to use in place of their name was "bear." The fact that that word has now become the animal's actual name, and that we use it without fear, is a good demonstration of how much the trope has evolved. While bears still tend to be portrayed as ferocious, it's often justified by them being a MamaBear, and anyone trying to kill them is portrayed as the ''real'' villain.
17th Feb '15 10:37:05 AM KingLyger
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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 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.
7th Dec '14 4:27:46 PM cpeosphoros
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*** Also, with all the "computer farms" around nowadays, you can't say that some depictions of "modern" computers in some Sci-fi settings were not [[Truth on Television]].
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*** Also, with all the "computer farms" around nowadays, you can't say that some depictions of "modern" computers in some Sci-fi settings were not [[Truth on Television]].[[TruthInTelevision an excellent prediction]].
7th Dec '14 4:24:07 PM cpeosphoros
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*** Also, with all the "computer farms" around nowadays, you can't say that some depictions of "modern" computers in some Sci-fi settings were not [[Truth on Television]].
7th Dec '14 3:26:43 AM RossN
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* In high school settings, from the late 1990s onwards it has become very rare for the most popular girl in school to be portrayed as a BrainlessBeauty. Generally any AlphaBitch or LovableAlphaBitch who does seem ditzy will be ObsfucatingStupidity or at worst a GeniusDitz. Surprisingly the revelation that the pretty, bubbly girl is actually brainy is still usually treated as a stunning reveal in universe.
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* In high school settings, from the late 1990s onwards it has become very rare for the most popular girl in school to be portrayed as a BrainlessBeauty. Generally any AlphaBitch or LovableAlphaBitch who does seem ditzy will be ObsfucatingStupidity ObfuscatingStupidity or at worst a GeniusDitz. Surprisingly the revelation that the pretty, bubbly girl is actually brainy is still usually treated as a stunning reveal in universe.
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