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15th Sep '16 11:24:17 AM Hanz
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* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Member Berries" has the titular berries, which are grapes that keep talking about how great something from the past was (primarily pop-culture references) used to help alleviate the stress of today. However, after a while they talk about how great things like how marriage being exclusive to men and women were, to the disgust of Randy.
6th Aug '16 3:06:11 PM nombretomado
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* Averted again with ''ComicBook/SandmanMysteryTheatre'', which actually dealt with issues like the rampant racism of the 30's and 40's. This is notable since in general, most DCUniverse publications seem to have a serious NostalgiaFilter when it comes to UsefulNotes/{{the Golden Age|of Comic Books}}.

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* Averted again with ''ComicBook/SandmanMysteryTheatre'', which actually dealt with issues like the rampant racism of the 30's and 40's. This is notable since in general, most DCUniverse Franchise/DCUniverse publications seem to have a serious NostalgiaFilter when it comes to UsefulNotes/{{the Golden Age|of Comic Books}}.
1st Jul '16 12:04:18 PM Anddrix
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** However, given that it was ''[[BaseBreaker Adam Tod Brown]]'' who wrote this, the article kind of fails to convey this point all that good.

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** However, given that it was ''[[BaseBreaker Adam ''Adam Tod Brown]]'' Brown'' who wrote this, the article kind of fails to convey this point all that good.
11th Jun '16 6:41:26 PM comicwriter
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* ''Comicbook/PaperGirls'' is a love letter to 80's kid adventure movies like ''Film/StandByMe'' and ''Film/MonsterSquad'', but doesn't shy away from from the less desirable parts of the decade. There's a lot of casual homophobia, and one of the underage characters smokes without any regard for what it'll do to her health. In the words of the writer:

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* ''Comicbook/PaperGirls'' is a love letter to 80's kid adventure movies like ''Film/StandByMe'' and ''Film/MonsterSquad'', ''Film/TheMonsterSquad'', but doesn't shy away from from the less desirable parts of the decade. There's a lot of casual homophobia, and one of the underage characters smokes without any regard for what it'll do to her health. In the words of the writer:
11th Jun '16 6:39:31 PM comicwriter
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* ''Film/ABronxTale'' is rife with this. While the narrator does fondly remember his youth during the 50's and 60's, the movie doesn't shy away from showing the racial tension and violence of the era. Even C's father, one of the nicer and less-bigoted characters, [[MalignedMixedMarriage states that people should only marry within their own race]]. That's not even getting into the horribly racist attitudes displayed by C's Italian-American buddies...

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* ''Film/ABronxTale'' is rife with this.aversions. While the narrator does fondly remember his youth during the 50's and 60's, the movie doesn't shy away from showing the racial tension and violence of the era. Even C's father, one of the nicer and less-bigoted characters, [[MalignedMixedMarriage states that people should only marry within their own race]]. That's not even getting into the horribly racist attitudes displayed by C's Italian-American buddies...
11th Jun '16 6:34:40 PM comicwriter
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* ''Comicbook/PaperGirls'' is a love letter to 80's kid adventure movies like ''Film/StandByMe'' and ''Film/MonsterSquad'', but doesn't shy away from from the less desirable parts of the decade. There's a lot of casual homophobia, and one of the underage characters smokes without any regard for what it'll do to her health. In the words of the writer:
-->'''Creator/BrianKVaughan''': When we look back at that period, we either look back with rose-colored glasses or we think about the kitschy, fun elements of it. There's a lot of dark sadness of the late '80s. I just wanted to be honest about that period.
23rd Apr '16 10:41:38 AM AHI-3000
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** UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance and The Enlightenment are the time when society finally got out of the bleak, primitive and God fearing Dark Middle Ages and gained wisdom by discovering a lot of stuff. Kings and queens never looked more magnificent. Artists and sculptors painted the finest works and humanists, philosophers and Protestants learned humanity to think for themselves. You could enjoy a Shakespeare play, listen to baroque classical music or have a swashbuckling duel. (Not taken in account: A lot of new thought and discoveries in the field of science were very slowly adapted into society. Mostly because a lot of royals, religious authorities and other government officials suppressed these "dangerous" new ideas. Compared to those "primitive" Middle Ages more people have been hanged or burned on the stake for their beliefs and/or on the assumption that they were witches during the 1500s, 1600s and 1700s than in the centuries before! The Reformation and Counter-Reformation divided Europe and caused many casualties. All the great books and art works created during this era were only enjoyed or experienced by the very rich. Wars still ravaged Europe, colonization exploited other continents, slavery became a real industry and absolutism made the monarchy and nobility so powerful and decadent that they didn't care about the lower classes. Duels weren't glorious at all, just a matter of killing off your opponent.)



** UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance and The Enlightenment are the time when society finally got out of the bleak, primitive and God fearing Dark Middle Ages and gained wisdom by discovering a lot of stuff. Kings and queens never looked more magnificent. Artists and sculptors painted the finest works and humanists, philosophers and Protestants learned humanity to think for themselves. You could enjoy a Shakespeare play, listen to baroque classical music or have a swashbuckling duel. (Not taken in account: A lot of new thought and discoveries in the field of science were very slowly adapted into society. Mostly because a lot of royals, religious authorities and other government officials suppressed these "dangerous" new ideas. Compared to those "primitive" Middle Ages more people have been hanged or burned on the stake for their beliefs and/or on the assumption that they were witches during the 1500s, 1600s and 1700s than in the centuries before! The Reformation and Counter-Reformation divided Europe and caused many casualties. All the great books and art works created during this era were only enjoyed or experienced by the very rich. Wars still ravaged Europe, colonization exploited other continents, slavery became a real industry and absolutism made the monarchy and nobility so powerful and decadent that they didn't care about the lower classes. Duels weren't glorious at all, just a matter of killing off your opponent.)
15th Apr '16 3:04:03 PM Geoduck
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* Bill Bryson's childhood memoir ''The Life & Times of The Thunderbolt Kid'' really wallows in 'fifties nostalgia when it comes to the stuff of 'Kid World': comic books, crummy TV, small Iowa farming towns and their many 'Mabels', Atomic Toilets, rocket-powered mail, electric football games and Dick & Jane books. More serious stuff is handled more objectively.

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* Bill Bryson's Creator/BillBryson's childhood memoir ''The Life & Times of The Thunderbolt Kid'' really wallows in 'fifties nostalgia when it comes to the stuff of 'Kid World': comic books, crummy TV, small Iowa farming towns and their many 'Mabels', Atomic Toilets, rocket-powered mail, electric football games and Dick & Jane books. More serious stuff is handled more objectively.
14th Apr '16 11:15:49 AM mdwall
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** TheEighties: Oh yes. A great decade for pop culture after the sordid 70s and before everything went to the gutter: Everybody felt a bright future coming along, as demonstrated by good TV shows, groundbreaking technology, computers and videogames, colorful clothing, simple yet catchy pop music and finally a TV channel that showed your favorite bands 24/7. The Cold War came to an end, the Berlin Wall and Apartheid fell. (Not taken in account: The early 1980s had many people fear the Cold War wasn't going to end well. President Reagan wanted more nuclear missiles in Europe, envisioned the Star Wars defense system and the "Evil Empire" speech reflected the "Red Scare" at a time "the Bomb" was making everybody nervous. The Cold War, Berlin Wall and Apartheid did fall, but only near the end of the decade. Unemployment and economic crisis were a huge problem in many Western countries, not helped by Reaganomics and Thatcherism which benefited the rich but not the lower classes, and the high speculation led to a bubble which fatigued in 1987 and burst in 1989. AIDS caused many victims because governments were slow to inform the general public on this disease as most people at first dismissed as ''just'' a problem for blacks, gays and drug users. Liberal advances begin to lose visibility as traditional values resurface. TV shows and movies were extremely escapist and PCs and video games were prohibitively expensive. MTV did bring music videos on TV, but the downside was that how a pop star looked and danced became more important than the music, which was now created by computers, becoming increasingly sappy and repetitive as samples became the norm, becoming a disadvantage for those who still wanted to use actual instruments, chords and tunes. Metal and rap were seen as crime-mongering and even "satanic" as a whole. Also drugs went artificial during this time, turning Florida into a CrapsaccharineWorld. The nuclear power plant explosion in Chernobyl caused another major fear among people about the dangers of nuclear power.)

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** TheEighties: Oh yes. A great decade for pop culture after the sordid 70s and before everything went to the gutter: Everybody felt a bright future coming along, as demonstrated by good TV shows, groundbreaking technology, computers and videogames, colorful clothing, simple yet catchy pop music and finally a TV channel that showed your favorite bands 24/7. The Cold War came to an end, the Berlin Wall and Apartheid fell. (Not taken in account: The early 1980s had many people fear the Cold War wasn't going to end well. President Reagan wanted more nuclear missiles in Europe, envisioned the Star Wars defense system and the "Evil Empire" speech reflected the "Red Scare" at a time "the Bomb" was making everybody nervous. The Cold War, Berlin Wall and Apartheid did fall, but only near the end of the decade. Unemployment and economic crisis were a huge problem in many Western countries, not helped by Reaganomics and Thatcherism which benefited the rich but not the lower classes, countries and the high speculation led to a bubble which fatigued in 1987 and burst in 1989. AIDS caused many victims because governments were slow to inform the general public on this disease as most people at first dismissed as ''just'' a problem for blacks, gays and drug users. Liberal advances begin to lose visibility as traditional values resurface. TV shows and movies were extremely escapist and PCs and video games were prohibitively expensive. MTV did bring music videos on TV, but the downside was that how a pop star looked and danced became more important than the music, which was now created by computers, becoming increasingly sappy and repetitive as samples became the norm, becoming a disadvantage for those who still wanted to use actual instruments, chords and tunes. Metal and rap were seen as crime-mongering and even "satanic" as a whole. Also drugs went artificial during this time, turning Florida into a CrapsaccharineWorld. The nuclear power plant explosion in Chernobyl caused another major fear among people about the dangers of nuclear power.)
16th Mar '16 1:52:30 PM Morgenthaler
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* Actively averted in ''FoylesWar'', which attempts to explode the myth of [[TheHomeFront wartime Britain]] being a rosy place where everyone pulled together for the common good by showing just how desperate, venal and damaged people were by UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, a common theme being that war changes people, usually for the worse. Corruption is rife, as people attempt to exploit their positions to either profit from the war or avoid it altogether, people are at times cowardly and incompetent and scarred by the necessities of war (namely hundreds to thousands of people being killed by or killing hundreds to thousands of ''other'' people on an almost daily basis) both physically and psychologically, and in the early seasons particularly there's a sense of defeat as [[ThoseWackyNazis the Nazis]] seem to be an unstoppable, omnipotent war machine crushing all in its path, with Britain likely to prove no different. Furthermore, the government is quite willing to [[KarmaHoudini let people get away literally with murder]] if there's a chance that they can help kill even more Germans, thus raising the question of what the point of investigating murders and other 'trivial' crimes during wartime actually is. Of course, it's not an entirely hopeless place, and there are decent, brave and even heroic people around as well.

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* Actively averted in ''FoylesWar'', ''Series/FoylesWar'', which attempts to explode the myth of [[TheHomeFront wartime Britain]] being a rosy place where everyone pulled together for the common good by showing just how desperate, venal and damaged people were by UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, a common theme being that war changes people, usually for the worse. Corruption is rife, as people attempt to exploit their positions to either profit from the war or avoid it altogether, people are at times cowardly and incompetent and scarred by the necessities of war (namely hundreds to thousands of people being killed by or killing hundreds to thousands of ''other'' people on an almost daily basis) both physically and psychologically, and in the early seasons particularly there's a sense of defeat as [[ThoseWackyNazis the Nazis]] seem to be an unstoppable, omnipotent war machine crushing all in its path, with Britain likely to prove no different. Furthermore, the government is quite willing to [[KarmaHoudini let people get away literally with murder]] if there's a chance that they can help kill even more Germans, thus raising the question of what the point of investigating murders and other 'trivial' crimes during wartime actually is. Of course, it's not an entirely hopeless place, and there are decent, brave and even heroic people around as well.



* Both subverted and played straight on ''MarriedWithChildren''. [[JadedWashout Al Bundy]] relishes TheSixties and the classic oldies songs from when he was in high school, but another episode has him ripping on TheSeventies, claiming that the fashion, music and culture all really sucked ([[MoneyDearBoy this doesn't actually stop him from trying to cash in into the 70s nostalgia craze of the 90s]]).
* Humourously played with in an episode of ''TheGoodies'' where Tim drives Britain to a ''ridiculous'' 50s nostalgia wave to the point even television returns to its fifties' tiny black-and-white screen self. The flip-side is that the gang has to report for National Service for two years as it has become mandatory once again.

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* Both subverted and played straight on ''MarriedWithChildren''.''Series/MarriedWithChildren''. [[JadedWashout Al Bundy]] relishes TheSixties and the classic oldies songs from when he was in high school, but another episode has him ripping on TheSeventies, claiming that the fashion, music and culture all really sucked ([[MoneyDearBoy this doesn't actually stop him from trying to cash in into the 70s nostalgia craze of the 90s]]).
* Humourously played with in an episode of ''TheGoodies'' ''Series/TheGoodies'' where Tim drives Britain to a ''ridiculous'' 50s nostalgia wave to the point even television returns to its fifties' tiny black-and-white screen self. The flip-side is that the gang has to report for National Service for two years as it has become mandatory once again.



* Thoroughly deconstructed in ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit'' where over the top nostalgia was presented as being at best misguided (the fans of ''LeaveItToBeaver'' preferring TheFifties to modern life) to actually harmful and an indicator of psychological problems.

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* Thoroughly deconstructed in ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit'' where over the top nostalgia was presented as being at best misguided (the fans of ''LeaveItToBeaver'' ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'' preferring TheFifties to modern life) to actually harmful and an indicator of psychological problems.



* Averted in ''ColdCase'' many of its cases date back from 1900's to the present, and they usually show the mentality and attitudes in those days. From racism, misogyny, or just plain asshole-ness.

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* Averted in ''ColdCase'' ''Series/ColdCase'' many of its cases date back from 1900's to the present, and they usually show the mentality and attitudes in those days. From racism, misogyny, or just plain asshole-ness.
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