Created By: LooneyToons on January 31, 2007

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Hm. I'm thinking we need a trope for how established media have tended to portray any New Media that threatens their position of power. The classic case is, of course, television going all out to show its viewers that the Internet is the root of all evil with all manner of scare stories during the late 1990s and into the early 2000s. As the Internet became part of mainstream culture, the cycle refocussed on new uses of the Internet, like

So... New Media Are Evil?
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  • January 31, 2007
    Also happens with the way TV/movies portray video games (see Ultra Super Death Gore Fest Chainsawer 3000). Sounds great, I'd go for it.
  • January 31, 2007
    I'd like to see a TV show try to portray Wikipedia as evil. "It's a vast bank of interesting information, hide your children, they might learn something!"
  • February 1, 2007
    My theory is that Wikipedia is actually a front for Brainiac. When the last wikipedia page is finally put up, he can finally destroy the planet having gathered every bit of knowledge.
  • February 1, 2007
    Everyone knows the Wikipedia is a careful conspiracy perpetrated by a cabal of ban-happy, discussion-deleting, Illuminati-loving moderators to spread false, but accurate-sounding, information across the internets.
  • February 1, 2007
    Although not being fantasy, it looks similar to Reactionary Fantasy(obviously, I could be wrong... again!). Anyway, that's the kind of thing RPG also suffers...

    Wikipedia and Illuminati... makes sense! Ohmygod!
  • February 1, 2007
    Morgan Wick

    Okay, there are some serious limitations to this format - I'm not sure what the point of the dashed-line-box is supposed to be...
  • February 2, 2007
    Actually I would call it [[The New Rock-and-Roll]] since anything that is popular with kids and young adults, yet is misunderstood by middle-aged and old adults (Science Fiction, Reefers, Beatles, Hippies, Dungeons and Dragons, Music Videos, Magic The Gathering, Rap Music, Fan Cultures, Computer Games and so on) is certain to encourage the Youth of America to sniff glue, shoot up schools, join Satanic cults and become Muslim terrorists. It's inevitable. Unfortunately, though, this is less of a fictional trope as a cultural one that is reflected in fiction.
  • February 3, 2007
    Oh, I like that. The New Rock And Roll definitely needs to be its own trope.
  • February 12, 2007
    What category would The New Rock And Roll fit in? Is it a meta-trope?
  • February 12, 2007
    It is a trope. Regular ol' trope. For the Tropes index.