History Main / UnintentionalPeriodPiece

23rd Aug '16 3:01:04 PM Anddrix
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' plays with this trope. [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheSorcerersStone The]] [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets first]] [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban four]] [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire books]] were written between [[TheNineties 1990-1997]], while the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix last]] [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince three]] [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows books]] were written between [[The2000s 2000-2007]]. However, they are appropriately set in the 1990s (1991-1998, specifically), since that was the time Rowling did the most writings. In addition, the books proper generally avoid using references to the real-life pop culture of the 1990s. An InUniverse explanation is simple: The [[TheMasquerade Wizarding World lives a different lifestyle from that of the Muggle world]] by using medieval technology, and most wizards don't understand Muggle culture and technology. Furthermore, the Wizarding World is too busy worried about [[BigBad Voldemort]] to name drop 1990s pop culture anyway.

to:

* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' plays with this trope. [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheSorcerersStone [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone The]] [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets first]] [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban four]] [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire books]] were written between [[TheNineties 1990-1997]], while the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix last]] [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince three]] [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows books]] were written between [[The2000s 2000-2007]]. However, they are appropriately set in the 1990s (1991-1998, specifically), since that was the time Rowling did the most writings. In addition, the books proper generally avoid using references to the real-life pop culture of the 1990s. An InUniverse explanation is simple: The [[TheMasquerade Wizarding World lives a different lifestyle from that of the Muggle world]] by using medieval technology, and most wizards don't understand Muggle culture and technology. Furthermore, the Wizarding World is too busy worried about [[BigBad Voldemort]] to name drop 1990s pop culture anyway.
22nd Aug '16 11:49:27 PM Twentington
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* "Kay" by John Wesley Ryles, a 1968 country music song about a broken-hearted taxicab driver. Two of his customers are soldiers who say that they hate "that war in Vietnam".

to:

* "Kay" by John Wesley Ryles, a 1968 country music song about a broken-hearted taxicab driver. Two of his customers are soldiers who say that tell the protagonist "how they hate "that that war in Vietnam".Vietnam". When Daryle Singletary covered the song in 2002, he changed the line to "how they won that war in Afghanistan".
22nd Aug '16 8:18:48 PM ADrago
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The 2012 film version of ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' attempts to be an updating of the famous comedy team, yet also dates itself severely by including the cast of ''Series/JerseyShore'' as themselves for much of the film. ''Jersey Shore'' would be canceled later that year.

to:

* The 2012 film version of ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' attempts to be an updating of the famous comedy team, yet also dates itself severely by including the cast of ''Series/JerseyShore'' as themselves for much of the film. ''Jersey Shore'' would be canceled cancelled later that year.
22nd Aug '16 8:16:52 PM ADrago
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The 2012 film version of ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' attempts to be an updating of the famous comedy team, yet also dates itself severely by including the cast of ''Series/JerseyShore'' as themselves for much of the film.

to:

* The 2012 film version of ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' attempts to be an updating of the famous comedy team, yet also dates itself severely by including the cast of ''Series/JerseyShore'' as themselves for much of the film. ''Jersey Shore'' would be canceled later that year.



** ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' is used on the PeriodPiece page to illustrate a story whose crisis DoesNotCompute in a present-day 21st century setting.

to:

** ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' is used on the PeriodPiece page to illustrate a story whose crisis DoesNotCompute could not occur in a present-day 21st century setting.


Added DiffLines:

* Any work that references or features video rental stores date themselves to the 1980s at the earliest to the Mid-2000s at the latest as the rise of online streaming services in the late-2000s and early-2010s caused many of these stores to go out of business.
21st Aug '16 9:34:52 AM TheRedRedKroovy
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'':
** The various games in the series have had this happen to them. ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity Vice City]]'', ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'', and the ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoLibertyCityStories Stories]]'' [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories games]], on the other hand, averted this by being ''intentional'' period pieces to the '80s and '90s.

to:

* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'':
**
The various games in the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series have had this happen to them. ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity Vice City]]'', ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'', and the ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoLibertyCityStories Stories]]'' [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories games]], on the other hand, averted this by being ''intentional'' period pieces to the '80s and '90s.



** ''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. Its portrayal of New York 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.

to:

** ''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 and the then-politically empowered Christian Right. Its portrayal of New York is less TheBigRottenApple like in ''III'' 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 mayorship of Michael Bloomberg. The shadow of 9/11 (or at least the ''GTA'' universe's [[EarthDrift fictional version of it]]) hangs heavily over the city; [[BrokenBridge the bridges to Algonquin and Alderney are closed initially]] due to perceived terrorist threats (leading to hand-wringing from [[StrawmanNewsMedia Weazel News]] when they're re-opened), the Patriot Act and the now-discontinued terror alert system) system come in for ribbing, and there's a massive construction site in lower Algonquin that's strongly implied to be where Liberty City's version of the then-politically empowered Christian Right. World Trade Center had once stood.\\\
The technology present is also particularly dated; the 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. Its portrayal of New York 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.
18th Aug '16 11:49:44 PM ADrago
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Any work that references "Don't ask, don't tell" is instantly dated to 1994 at the earliest when the policy was first instituted to 2010 at the latest when the policy was repealed.

to:

* Any work that references "Don't ask, don't tell" is instantly dated to between 1994 at the earliest when the policy was first instituted to 2010 at the latest when the policy was repealed.
18th Aug '16 11:48:16 PM ADrago
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* Any work that references "Don't ask, don't tell" is instantly dated to 1994 at the earliest when the policy was first instituted to 2010 at the latest when the policy was repealed.
17th Aug '16 1:16:03 AM M773982
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* Despite the series starting in 2013, HouseOfCards politically sets itself in a pre-2010 mindset by having Francis be a Blue Dog Democrat from Georgia, and having his party initially require him to be whip for their majority status in the House of Representatives. The Wave elections of 2010 and 2014 purged virtually all blue dog Democrats from both chambers of COngress, replacing them with Teabaggers, and subsequent gerrymandering drawn up by Republicans has made the house virtually unobtainable for Democrats after 2010.
16th Aug '16 2:56:09 PM Twentington
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Highway design as a whole. Early freeways often tended to have very short, narrow, tight ramps not conducive to high-speed travel, and otherwise archaic designs (very few early interchanges provided complete access in all directions), while the freeways themselves were generally more linear. Over time, on- and off-ramps, as well as transition roads between freeways, generally became larger and more sweeping, and the main routings of the freeways became more curved. Notably, entrance and exit ramps from the left sides of freeways were used in the past, but are being replaced wherever space allows due to the dangerous mix of speedy "fast-lane" traffic and slower merging traffic. (Some exceptions include I-290 west of downtown Chicago, and I-244 in Tulsa.) Even the once-common "cloverleaf" exit is being phased out, due to a major design flaw where merging and exiting traffic are forced to cross over each other's paths at the center. It's often easy to gauge the approximate age of a freeway, particularly if it has not been extensively rebuilt. (Particularly in California, where many of the older freeways still feature ridiculously sharp exit ramps.)

to:

* Highway design as a whole. Early freeways often tended to have very short, narrow, tight ramps not conducive to high-speed travel, and otherwise archaic designs (very few early interchanges provided complete access in all directions), while the freeways Freeways themselves were generally more linear. Over time, on- and off-ramps, as well as transition roads between freeways, generally became larger and more sweeping, and the main routings of the freeways became more curved. curved -- most often done to lessen the displacement of neighborhoods or landmarks. Also, ramps used to be designed much smaller and tighter, due to a combination of space limitations, lower speeds on the freeways proper (many exits were designed in an era when 55 was the fastest speed limit), and less concern for things such as traffic patterns. (Few early exits provided complete access in every direction, had little acceleration/deceleration room [to the point that some ramps had yield or stop signs where they met the freeway, making it more like a hard right turn than a merge], or had entering/exiting traffic crossing over very closely.) Notably, entrance and exit ramps from the left sides of freeways were used in the past, but are being replaced wherever space allows due to the dangerous mix of speedy "fast-lane" traffic and slower merging traffic. (Some exceptions include I-290 west of downtown Chicago, and I-244 in Tulsa.) Even the once-common "cloverleaf" exit is being phased out, due to a major design flaw where merging and exiting traffic are forced to cross over each other's paths at the center.center (made even worse by the fact that the inner ramps that cross over are often signed at 25 MPH or slower). It's often easy to gauge the approximate age of a freeway, particularly if it has not been extensively rebuilt. (Particularly in California, where many of the older freeways still feature ridiculously sharp exit ramps.)
14th Aug '16 10:57:28 PM harryhenry
Is there an issue? Send a Message


*** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'' features references to ''WesternAnimation/HappyFeet'', ''Film/AnInconvenientTruth, ''Series/AreYouSmarterThanAFifthGrader'', ''Franchise/HarryPotter'', and a joke about "President Schwarzenegger", all of which date the movie to the mid-2000s.

to:

*** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'' features references to ''WesternAnimation/HappyFeet'', ''Film/AnInconvenientTruth, ''Film/AnInconvenientTruth'', ''Series/AreYouSmarterThanAFifthGrader'', ''Franchise/HarryPotter'', Music/GreenDay performs the theme song at the beginning, and a joke about "President Schwarzenegger", all of which date the movie to the mid-2000s.
This list shows the last 10 events of 1911. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.UnintentionalPeriodPiece