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13th Feb '18 3:02:47 PM Fallingwater
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** Same in Robert Sawyer's ''[[Literature/WWWTrilogy Wake]]'': "The sky above the island was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel - which is to say it was a bright, cheery blue".
12th Feb '18 12:07:59 AM Kotomikun
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** The ironic fate of the Golgafrinchans, an alien race who tricked all the "middlemen" into leaving the planet, only to have the movers and shakers who stayed behind killed off by a plague originating from a dirty public telephone booth (the "telephone sanitizers" were among the middlemen). This was obviously meant to be silly, but it makes even less sense in retrospect that a civilization capable of shipping 1/3rd of its population across the galaxy would still be using pay phones, since cell phones have largely displaced them in our world and we haven't even visited another planet yet.

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** The ironic fate of the Golgafrinchans, an alien race who tricked all the "middlemen" into leaving the planet, only to have the movers and shakers who stayed behind killed off by a plague originating from a dirty public telephone booth (the "telephone sanitizers" were among the middlemen). This was obviously meant to be silly, but it makes even less sense in retrospect that a civilization capable of shipping 1/3rd of its population across the galaxy would still be using pay phones, since cell phones have largely displaced them in our world and we haven't even visited another planet yet.phones.
12th Feb '18 12:04:37 AM Kotomikun
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** The ironic fate of the Golgafrinchans, an alien race who tricked all the "middlemen" into leaving the planet, only to have the movers and shakers who stayed behind killed off by a plague originating from a dirty public telephone booth (the "telephone sanitizers" were among the middlemen). This was obviously meant to be silly, but it makes even less sense in retrospect that a civilization capable of shipping 1/3rd of its population across the galaxy would still be using pay phones, since cell phones have largely displaced them in our world and we haven't even visited another planet yet.
4th Feb '18 6:30:13 PM ThorennG
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** To be fair, she refers to it like it's one of her senses; the loss of it being like a DisabilitySuperpower, heightening her other senses.
31st Jan '18 8:17:25 PM ThorennG
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Related to SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale and SocietyMarchesOn when it comes to population growth; many of these examples have populations in the low billions and treat it as catastrophic overpopulation, not merely in terms of agriculture but in terms of population density. For comparison to many of the numbers below, Earth's population is 7.4 billion and climbing as of this writing.

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Related to SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale and SocietyMarchesOn when it comes to population growth; many of these examples have populations in the low billions and treat it as catastrophic overpopulation, not merely in terms of agriculture but in terms of population density. For comparison to many of the numbers below, Earth's population is 7.4 6 billion and climbing as of this writing.
29th Jan '18 6:42:50 AM HumanTorch2
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* There's an episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' that goes around Al's desires to watch his favorite John Wayne movie ''Hondo'' that, according to him, airs every 17 years, and of course as [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption he's Al Bundy]] he missed the film after getting trapped in a store due to a computer malfunction and then after getting knocked off by said computer. When he awakes he hears the channel advising that they schedule the film to be presented again... in 2011 (the episode aired in 1994). Nowadays modern audiences will have problems grasping the concept of not being able to watch a movie whenever they want.


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* There's an episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' that goes around Al's desires to watch his favorite John Wayne movie ''Hondo'' that, according to him, airs every 17 years, and of course as [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption he's Al Bundy]] he missed the film after getting trapped in a store due to a computer malfunction and then after getting knocked off by said computer. When he awakes he hears the channel advising that they schedule the film to be presented again... in 2011 (the episode aired in 1994). Nowadays modern audiences will have problems grasping the concept of not being able to watch a movie whenever they want.
25th Jan '18 10:17:46 PM Omeganian
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* In ''Film/JumanjiWelcomeToTheJungle'', a sequel to ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'', the original board game 'evolves' in 1996 into a video game, in response to a potential player observing that nobody really plays board games any more.

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* In ''Film/JumanjiWelcomeToTheJungle'', a sequel to ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'', Beth complains how she misses her phone. Alex who was stuck in the original board game 'evolves' for the past 20 years, puzzled, asks whether "phone" means something else in her time... a 1996 into a video game, in response to a potential player observing that nobody really plays board games any more.teen could have hardly imagined the modern smartphone centered culture.
25th Jan '18 4:01:09 PM Hbb
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* In an episode of ''Series/AbsolutelyFabulous'', Edina calls her daughter Saffron's cellphone, which goes off in a university lecture theatre. All the students and the lecturer check to see if it's their phone, to much laughter. The joke suggests that the students are all spoilt rich kids, but also acknowledges increasing phone ownership.
21st Jan '18 2:01:57 PM A.P.D.
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* There was a time when ''Comicbook/IronMan'', maker and wearer of a [[PoweredArmor flying super-strong suit of armor]], had a ''rotary phone'' built into his armor. (This was the same era when said armor was powered by that wonder of the age, the ''transistor''.)

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There was a time when ''Comicbook/IronMan'', Iron Man, maker and wearer of a [[PoweredArmor flying super-strong suit of armor]], had a ''rotary phone'' built into his armor. (This was the same era when said armor was powered by that wonder of the age, the ''transistor''.))
** In ''Tales of Suspense'' #50, Iron Man uses a slide ruler calculator built into his armor's gauntlet.
18th Jan '18 5:49:55 PM faunas
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* In 2000, the police department in Ontario, California, disciplined two of its officers for using their digital pagers to send personal text messages, some of which were sexually explicit, in violation of department policy. Since the department had obtained the messages by asking the pager company for transcripts to see (ostensibly) if the officers needed a higher character limit than the city had contracted for, the officers took the city to court, arguing their privacy rights had been violated. Ten years later, it had reached the U.S. Supreme Court, by which time no one was using digital pagers anymore. Appropriately, the court's unanimous ruling in the city's favor declined to set what might have been a precedent in its first-ever case involving privacy in personal electronic communications technology, citing the fluctuating state of the technology involved.

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* In 2000, the police department in Ontario, California, disciplined two of its officers for using their digital pagers to send personal text messages, some of which were sexually explicit, in violation of department policy. Since the department had obtained the messages by asking the pager company for transcripts to see (ostensibly) if the officers needed a higher character limit than the city had contracted for, the officers took the city to court, arguing their privacy rights had been violated. Ten years later, [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_Ontario_v._Quon it had reached the U.S. Supreme Court, Court]], by which time no one was using digital pagers anymore. Appropriately, the court's unanimous ruling in the city's favor declined to set what might have been a precedent in its first-ever case involving privacy in personal electronic communications technology, citing the fluctuating state of the technology involved.
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