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21st Jun '16 1:30:19 PM gewunomox
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*** ''Off the Deep End'' and ''Alapaoolza'' from 1992/93 have heavy metal, hip hop, dance pop, jangle pop with single Music/{{Nirvana}} and NewKidsOnTheBlock parodies symbolizing both the rise of grunge and 80's teen pop acts [[DeaderThanDisco taking their dying gasp]].

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*** ''Off the Deep End'' and ''Alapaoolza'' from 1992/93 have heavy metal, hip hop, dance pop, jangle pop with single Music/{{Nirvana}} and NewKidsOnTheBlock Music/NewKidsOnTheBlock parodies symbolizing both the rise of grunge and 80's teen pop acts [[DeaderThanDisco taking their dying gasp]].
19th Jun '16 10:13:37 PM Twentington
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* Maddie & Tae's 2014 debut single "Girl in a Country Song" lampoons the contemporary "bro-country" trend at the time (i.e., a glut of young male country artists singing songs about partying, drinking, and hot girls). The song was one of the biggest factors in "bro-country"'s subsequent decline, and its blatant references to contemporary songs (many hit songs from the past two years are name-dropped in the lyrics) and trends put the song squarely in 2014.



* Maddie & Tae's 2014 debut single "Girl in a Country Song" lampoons the contemporary "bro-country" trend at the time (i.e., a glut of young male country artists singing songs about partying, drinking, and hot girls). The song was one of the biggest factors in "bro-country"'s subsequent decline, and its blatant references to contemporary songs and trends put the song squarely in 2014.
18th Jun '16 11:07:42 AM Premonition45
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* In some ways, ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' is actually quite ahead of its time in its satirical depiction of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, since it openly mocked the Nazis when the United States was still neutral. In other ways, though, it's clearly an early-1940's film, and its depiction of Nazi Germany can seem rather jarring to modern audiences. For one thing, Creator/CharlieChaplin couldn't have known the full scale of the Holocaust at the time the film was made, so he portrays the Nazis' domestic policies as ''much'' more mild than they really were; the Nazi stand-ins are shown bullying and harassing the Jews, but nothing much worse than that. For another thing, he focuses much of the plot on the rivalry between Hitler and Mussolini (er...[[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed "Hynkel" and "Benzino"]]) over the occupation of Austria, and portrays Mussolini as a seriously intimidating rival to Hitler; the dispute over the occupation of Austria was big news in 1940, but it's only remembered as a minor historical footnote today, and Fascist Italy is only remembered as an ineffectual ally of Nazi Germany.

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* In some ways, ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' is actually quite ahead of its time in its satirical depiction of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, since it openly mocked the Nazis when the United States was still neutral. In other ways, though, it's clearly an early-1940's film, and its depiction of Nazi Germany can seem rather jarring to modern audiences. For one thing, Creator/CharlieChaplin couldn't have hadn't known the full scale of the Holocaust at the time the film was made, made (years later, he said if he had known, ''he wouldn't have made the movie at all''), so he portrays the Nazis' domestic policies as ''much'' more mild than they really were; were, i.e. the Nazi stand-ins are shown bullying and harassing the Jews, but nothing much worse than that. For another thing, he focuses much of the plot on the rivalry between Hitler and Mussolini (er...[[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed "Hynkel" and "Benzino"]]) over the occupation of Austria, and portrays Mussolini as a seriously intimidating rival to Hitler; the dispute over the occupation of Austria was big news in 1940, but it's only remembered as a minor historical footnote today, and Fascist Italy is only remembered as an ineffectual ally of Nazi Germany.
16th Jun '16 6:19:11 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' is set squarely in then-contemporary (2008) [[BigApplesauce New York]], and when played in [[TheNewTens the current decade]], becomes this to the [[TurnOfTheMillennium mid-late 2000s]]. There's the obvious use of contemporary music and vehicles, but it also extends into the political and cultural satire. The economic crisis was just starting to sting (especially in the expansion pack ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony The Ballad of Gay Tony]]''), but the President was still [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush the cowboy from Texas]] rather than [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama the professor from Chicago]], and much of the satire was directed at such targets as TheWarOnTerror (including the Patriot Act and the now-discontinued terror alert system) and the then-politically empowered Christian Right. The technology present is also particularly dated; the protagonist Niko uses a big, chunky black cell phone with a monochrome screen for most of the game, with the color-screen camera phone he receives halfway through the game treated as a luxury item. (Smartphones are never even mentioned.)[[note]]As for the expansions, in ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheLostAndDamned The Lost and Damned]]'' Johnny's older, monochrome cell phone symbolizes his rough-hewn, impoverished life as an outlaw biker, while in ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony The Ballad of Gay Tony]]'', Luis starts out with a fancy camera phone to symbolize his comparatively glamorous lifestyle.[[/note]] The in-game Internet is filled with parodies of Website/{{Myspace}}, Yahoo!, Jamster, Website/YouTube (back when they were first getting embroiled in {{DMCA}} takedown controversies), Napster, ''VideoGame/SecondLife'', ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', and many, many Geocities lookalikes, and is most conveniently accessed by way of Internet cafés, which were already on the way out by the time the game was released. Given time, it's inevitable that the game's depiction of Bloomberg-era New York will be just as dated.
** And of course, there's ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', set in Southern California circa 2013. It's the height of the Great Recession; the first teaser for the game prominently showed a "foreclosure" sign being put up in front of a house, as well as homeless people living in tent cities under Los Santos' overpasses, and in the finished game, one can find a "dignity village" in the northern part of the map that contains a lot of imagery lifted from the Occupy movement. [[HonestJohnsDealership Simeon's business]] also exploits people who try to keep up with the Joneses by using cheap credit to live beyond their means, a clear reference to one of the main causes of the recession.

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** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' is set squarely in then-contemporary (2008) [[BigApplesauce New York]], and when played in [[TheNewTens the current decade]], becomes this to the [[TurnOfTheMillennium mid-late 2000s]]. There's the obvious use of contemporary music and vehicles, but it also extends into the political and cultural satire. The economic crisis was just starting to sting (especially in the expansion pack ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony The Ballad of Gay Tony]]''), but the President was still [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush the cowboy from Texas]] rather than [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama the professor from Chicago]], and much of the satire was directed at such targets as TheWarOnTerror (including the Patriot Act and the now-discontinued terror alert system) and the then-politically empowered Christian Right. The technology present is also particularly dated; the protagonist Niko uses a big, chunky black cell phone with a monochrome screen for most of the game, with the color-screen camera phone he receives halfway through the game treated as a luxury item. (Smartphones are never even mentioned.)[[note]]As for the expansions, in ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheLostAndDamned The Lost and Damned]]'' Johnny's older, monochrome cell phone symbolizes his rough-hewn, impoverished life as an outlaw biker, while in ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony The Ballad of Gay Tony]]'', Luis starts out with a fancy camera phone to symbolize his comparatively glamorous lifestyle.[[/note]] The in-game Internet is filled with parodies of Website/{{Myspace}}, Website/MySpace, Yahoo!, Jamster, Website/YouTube (back when they were first getting embroiled in {{DMCA}} takedown controversies), Napster, ''VideoGame/SecondLife'', ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', and many, many Geocities lookalikes, and is most conveniently accessed by way of Internet cafés, which were already on the way out by the time the game was released. Given time, it's inevitable that the game's depiction Its portrayal of Bloomberg-era New York will be just as dated.
is also less TheBigRottenApple and more a gentrified, nanny-state [[TheThemeParkVersion Theme Park Version]] of itself with [[UrbanSegregation a yawning gap between the rich and the poor]], reflecting how stereotypes of the city had evolved during the Bloomberg era.
** And of course, there's ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', set in Southern California circa 2013. It's the height of the Great Recession; the first teaser for the game prominently showed a "foreclosure" sign being put up in front of a house, as well as homeless people living in tent cities under Los Santos' overpasses, and in the finished game, one can find a "dignity village" in the northern part of the map that contains a lot of imagery lifted from the Occupy movement. [[HonestJohnsDealership Simeon's business]] also exploits people who try to keep up with the Joneses by using cheap credit to live beyond their means, a clear reference to one of the main causes of the recession. The technology has advanced with the times; all of the main characters, even the [[LowerClassLout white-trash]] Trevor and the {{gang banger|s}} Franklin, have smartphones with full internet access, and on that internet, one now finds parodies of Website/{{Twitter}}, Tinder, Kickstarter, and most notably Website/{{Facebook}}, whose CEO and headquarters actually show up in the game in a vicious TakeThat at contemporary Silicon Valley tech culture. (Fittingly, it has rendered the aforementioned [=MySpace=] parody DeaderThanDisco.) Beyond that, the [[Radio/GTARadio in-game media]] is filled with parodies of such early '10s touchstones as ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey'', ''Franchise/CallOfDuty'', the New Atheism movement, and the push for marijuana legalization.
14th Jun '16 3:32:36 PM Twentington
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** 1987's "Kids of the Baby Boom" centers itself on people of the same generation a bit more lightheartedly ("We all grew up on Mickey Mouse and hula hoops / Then we all bought BMW's and new pick-up trucks / And we watched John Kennedy die one afternoon... Kids of the Baby Boom").

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** 1987's "Kids of the Baby Boom" centers itself on people of the same generation a bit more lightheartedly ("We all grew up on Mickey Mouse and hula hoops / Then we all bought BMW's and new pick-up trucks / And we watched [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy John Kennedy Kennedy]] die one afternoon... Kids of the Baby Boom").


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* Maddie & Tae's 2014 debut single "Girl in a Country Song" lampoons the contemporary "bro-country" trend at the time (i.e., a glut of young male country artists singing songs about partying, drinking, and hot girls). The song was one of the biggest factors in "bro-country"'s subsequent decline, and its blatant references to contemporary songs and trends put the song squarely in 2014.
12th Jun '16 12:40:17 PM Naram-Sin
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* In the mid-2000s, Hard Case Crime re-released some of the first novels that Creator/MichaelChrichton had published under the pseudonym "John Lange" in the 1960s. In one case, they tried to get over TechnologyMarchesOn and SocietyMarchesOn by adding bookends with an elderly version of the main character telling the story to his grandson... who is filming him in DVD with a videocamera. As a result, the novel is now only unintentionally dated to the mid-2000s.

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* In the mid-2000s, Hard Case Crime re-released some of the first novels that Creator/MichaelChrichton Creator/MichaelCrichton had published under the pseudonym "John Lange" in the 1960s. In one case, they tried to get over TechnologyMarchesOn and SocietyMarchesOn by adding bookends with an elderly version of the main character telling the story to his grandson... who is filming him in DVD with a videocamera. As a result, the novel is now only unintentionally dated to the mid-2000s.
12th Jun '16 1:44:14 AM Jnglmpera
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* A freeze-frame shot in the first episode of ''LightNovel/PapaNoIukotoOKikinasai'' shows an escalator at a monorail station that is not being used with a sign that says the escalator is turned off to conserve energy, dating the show precisely to the immediate summer after the 3.11 earthquake and nuclear disaster which resulted in an energy crisis after all nuclear power plants were shut down.
11th Jun '16 2:37:31 AM Naram-Sin
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* The schoolchild in the Soviet joke about a show-and-tell class might be even older: "I didn't know Grandpa had been a military electrician in the war until I found [[http://www.ss-steel-inc.com/DSCN2142%20(2).JPG this helmet with two lightning bolts]] in the closet."



* ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' has a bit of this as Mina at the time scoff at the whole fad of the "new woman" culture which was arising in London at the time focusing on women becoming more independent. Course Stoker is using it as an allegory to the subject including being more sexually forward which likewise ties to vampirism and it lack of morality as demonstrated by the count's vampire brides earlier in the story.

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* ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' has a bit of this as Mina at the time scoff scoffs at the whole fad of the "new woman" culture which was arising in London at the time focusing on women becoming more independent. Course Stoker is using it as an allegory to the subject including being more sexually forward which likewise ties to vampirism and it lack of morality as demonstrated by the count's vampire brides earlier in the story.


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* In the mid-2000s, Hard Case Crime re-released some of the first novels that Creator/MichaelChrichton had published under the pseudonym "John Lange" in the 1960s. In one case, they tried to get over TechnologyMarchesOn and SocietyMarchesOn by adding bookends with an elderly version of the main character telling the story to his grandson... who is filming him in DVD with a videocamera. As a result, the novel is now only unintentionally dated to the mid-2000s.
17th May '16 4:18:05 PM TheGreenHerring
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* ''Film/{{Bullitt}}'': The police department watches in dramatic, stony silence as game-changing evidence in the case is printed by the Xerox Magnafax Telecopier, a then-revolutionary fax machine that nevertheless took minutes to send a document. You would also not find an airport even two decades later with security as lax as in the film's climax, where a character is able to carry a gun in and out of an airplane and through an airport without anyone noticing.
14th May '16 3:25:22 PM SickBoy
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* This joke is funny, but the boy in the joke has to be from the 1970's-1990's to have a grandfather who in WorldWarII, making it dated, sadly. Giving this background kills the surprise.

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* This joke is funny, but the boy in the joke has to be from the 1970's-1990's to have a grandfather who served in WorldWarII, making it dated, sadly. Giving this background kills the surprise.
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