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2nd Sep '16 4:42:58 PM Midna
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* Speedball was essentially a silver age comic created by Creator/SteveDitko in 1988. The character fared somewhat better in The ComicBook/NewWarriors.

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* Speedball was essentially a silver age comic created by Creator/SteveDitko in 1988. The character fared somewhat better in The ComicBook/NewWarriors. His poorly-received revamp as Penance/"[[FanNickname Bleedball]]", essentially a NinetiesAntiHero played completely straight and introduced over a decade after such characters were considered hip, wasn't any better.
29th Aug '16 1:51:45 AM frogpatrol
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It happens because TV writers tend to be busiest in their late 30s and early 40s, and (like everyone else) their tastes and preferences were formed in their teens and early 20s; by the time they reach the big time, what is modern to them is actually 20 years out of date. A desire to WriteWhatYouKnow also plays an important part. This is closely related to the fact that such franchises as ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', and ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse'' are getting revamped ~20 years after the peaks of their popularity; in fact, ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' (2009) was a revival of ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' from the 1980s, which was, in turn, a revamp of the original Joes from the 1960s.

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It happens because TV writers tend to be busiest in their late 30s and early 40s, and (like everyone else) their tastes and preferences were formed in their teens and early 20s; by the time they reach the big time, what is modern to them is actually 20 years out of date. A desire to WriteWhatYouKnow also plays an important part. This is closely related to the fact that such franchises as ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', and ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse'' are getting revamped ~20 around twenty years after the peaks of their popularity; in fact, ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' (2009) was a revival of ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' from the 1980s, which was, in turn, a revamp of the original Joes from the 1960s.
28th Jul '16 11:43:38 AM jmparker78
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* Often teenage girls are shown "crushing" on actors/singers that haven't been considered "young and sexy" for twenty years or so. Modern teens still apparently think Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt are hot (both are now in their 50's) while teen girls in the 80's still thought Donnie Osmond was a dream boat.
28th Jul '16 11:39:44 AM jmparker78
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** And speaking of music, what sitcom or family drama would be complete without parents, or grandparents, expressing how much they hate their kid's/grandkid's "loud music"? In 2016, where a 65-year-old would have been in the perfect target demographic for louder bands like KISS, Led Zeppelin or even The Who, if they're in their 70's, the idea that they would find today's music (which seems mostly to have gone back to pop or hip-hop) too loud is hilarious. After all, they were the generation that adopted the phrase "if it's too loud, you're too old".
6th Jul '16 2:03:37 PM MsChibi
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** Bart and Lisa (and all the other kids in Springfield) watching the Krusty the Klown show, a SaturdayMorningKidsShow, as well as MerchandiseDriven {{Saturday Morning Cartoon}}s. Neither of those sort of shows are on TV on Saturday mornings anymore, at least in the US. The last SaturdayMorningCartoon marathon went off the air in 2014.
1st Jul '16 10:37:19 AM DavidDelony
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* A lot of Windows installations in businesses are at least one generation behind the latest version. Many companies held onto Windows XP for a long time until Microsoft finally dropped support in 2014. Even when XP was first introduced, a lot of businesses were still rolling out Windows 2000. The simple reason is similar to the NASA example: most corporate IT departments favor reliability over novelty.
** Standard IT answer if a user wants to know when the company's upgrading to the brand new OS? It won't even be '''considered''' until about 6 months after the first Service Pack is released.

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* A lot of Windows installations in businesses are at least one generation behind the latest version. Many companies held onto Windows XP for a long time until Microsoft finally dropped support in 2014. Even when XP was first introduced, a lot of businesses were still rolling out Windows 2000. The simple reason is similar to the NASA example: most corporate IT departments favor reliability over novelty.
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novelty and newer OS versions will have more bugs that need to be worked out than the tried-and-tested older version. Case in point: the standard IT answer if a user wants to know when the company's upgrading to the brand new OS? It won't even be '''considered''' until about 6 months after the first Service Pack service pack is released.
1st Jul '16 9:38:18 AM Jasin_Moridin
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** Standard IT answer if a user wants to know when the company's upgrading to the brand new OS? It won't even be '''considered''' until about 6 months after the first Service Pack is released.
27th Jun '16 10:10:47 AM arsepoetica
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There's also one other reason why this persists in fiction today: the mere existence of smartphones and ubiquitous access to the modern internet are often enough to interfere with a story. Seriously, imagine a Chandleresque gumshoe tale taking place in a world of Iphones, laptop computers, and GPS. At a certain point, it just becomes easier to set the story in the past and not worry about all that.
11th Jun '16 9:23:47 PM DebbieOppenheimer
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** Another one depicts Chip's room with posters of Music/BobDylan, Music/TheWho, and Music/LedZeppelin. As the Comics Curmudgeon commentary puts it, this guy is not the mom's son, but her ''dad'' with those musical tastes. Most modern teenagers would not be fans of 40 and 50 year old music, so this trope is invoked.


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** The writing staff of the show are mostly Baby Boomers, including Creator/MattGroening himself, which explains the countless 1960s and 1970s references on the show, especially targeting hippies, UsefulNotes/RichardNixon, the original Series/StarTrek, Music/TheBeatles, UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar and old TV series that are no longer in syndication and thus completely lost on younger audiences.
7th Jun '16 8:25:36 AM dominicmgm
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++ In the UK, the Top-Up logo is still an old late 90s/mid 2000s phone with an antenna. Strange, given that most phones in the UK as of 2016 are smartphones.
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