->"The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices to be found only in the minds of men. For the record: Prejudices ''can'' kill, and suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all its own--for the children, and the children yet unborn… And the pity of it is that these things cannot be confined to ''The Twilight Zone''."
-->-- '''Creator/RodSerling''', ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone1959 The Twilight Zone]]'', "The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street" (1960).

[[ValuesDissonance Some moral values just don't travel well]]. The attitudes of the society have changed, or the issue they addressed has become obsolete.

But others--like good wine--only get better with age. Years after the original author and audience have passed, new generations will still look at the given {{Aesop}} and say "Damn right." Maybe some authors knowingly spoke to issues that were years ahead of their time. Maybe many of society's questions are just OlderThanTheyThink. Maybe they just got lucky. These are the principles that stand the test of time and have outlived the original moral issue they were meant to address a hundred times over.

Even when a work is non-ideological, it can still resonate due to tapping into a style or gimmick that would not become popular for many years. Art historians have pointed out, for example, that paintings in the nonrepresentational or abstract style were created in the 16th century by Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo--a full 300 years before expressionism became fashionable in Western art.

Keep in mind that this is somewhat a subjective trope, as what resonates as an accurate observation for a conservative may not be the same as a liberal, for a woman may not be the same as for a man, for a devoutly religious person may not be the same as an atheist, for a citizen of one country not the same as a citizen of another, and so on. The best advice (as always applicable when one deals with the internet) is to keep an open mind. Likewise, do not assume that merely because it is ''old'' that it is ''accurate''.

But while this somewhat subjective, there is a key guideline that should be borne in mind when considering examples. The key element of this trope is that the value or values presented or portrayed in the example resonate with an audience culturally removed from the originally intended or expected audience. It is not resonance when the values in a work are significant or meaningful to the audience for which the work was originally made; a thing does not resonate with itself. That usually requires that the work be from an earlier time or from a different culture than the audience with whom the work is resonating. There is some flexibility here for certain media or works [[FleetingDemographicRule where the intended audience moves on after only a few years]], but even that flexibility is limited, since, just because the audience has moved on, it does not follow that the work is now being consumed by a fundamentally separate culture.

May cross over with SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped. Compare and contrast with FairForItsDay, where the morals the work presents are kind of squicky, but compared to other opinions from its age, very forward thinking. Contrast UnintentionalPeriodPiece, where the setting and narrative fluff of the work ties it to a single time period (though note that it can still overlap with this if the themes are louder than its cultural trappings). Also compare PoliticallyCorrectHistory, which is when modern sentiments are presented in-universe to ''purposely'' elicit the same effect.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Claudine}}'' has a rather sympathetic portrayal of {{transsexual}}ity, despite having been written in TheSeventies.
* People complain that ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' is outdated and all, having been created in the very early nineties, but it has ''several'' concepts that are ''timeless'':
** Women in both the enemy and the allies's sides had their own share of power, and very often were the ''actual'' leaders or very close to it.
** There was a lesbian pairing portrayed in a sympathetic light (Haruka and Michiru), and the villainous gay couple from the anime [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes loved each other deeply]] despite their alignment (Zoicite and Kunzite).
** The girls themselves had all kinds of different personalities and were still friends in spite of how different they were. Not to mention, they also encouraged each other's goals [[note]]e.g. when Minako tells Yaten in the anime that even when her top priority were her Senshi mission and protecting Usagi, she still was a girl with a dream and Usagi herself told her to pursue it.[[/note]] and supported each other when needed instead of throwing each other under the bus for their own benefits (and the girls who did it weren't supposed to be in the right).
*** On a related note, all of the Sailor Senshi's individual personality traits often bust up stereotypes as well. For instance, the character who states her dream is to "be a bride" in the manga, Makoto, is also a black belt in judo and one of the physically and mentally strongest characters in the Sailor Moon universe. Not to mention Michiru, the YamatoNadeshiko ElegantClassicalMusician, is all but stated to actually be the one with the reins in her and [[TomBoy Haruka's]] [[SchoolgirlLesbians relationship.]]
** [[TheOneGuy Mamoru]] helped them, but he also needed help and protection from Usagi and the girls. In fact, [[UselessBoyfriend he needed more rescue than Usagi herself]]! And while he sometimes worried a lot about Usagi's safety (to IdiotBall levels in ''R''), he didn't do it [[StayInTheKitchen out of manly pride]] but [[ItsNotYouItsMe out of sincere concern.]]
** The manga in particular emphasizes that Usagi is a sexual person and has had sex with her boyfriend Mamoru to the point of being shown lying naked in bed with him on several occasions, but she's never portrayed as [[SlutShaming dirty]] for this or that it somehow disqualifies her from being both the hero and the epitome of IncorruptiblePurePureness, with her sexuality simply being a part of the larger picture of who she is. She's also shown to be absolutely head over heels in love with [[BiTheWay several girls]] (including Rei, who gives her literal heart eyes when they first meet) but again, it's simply a part of who she is.
* In ''Manga/SailorMoon'''s prequel manga ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'', one chapter has an obsessive {{Otaku}} who keeps harassing Minako because he simply can't deal with the fact that [[GamerChick she]] beat his high score in a video game (even going so far as to assume that she must be a guy in drag), not to mention his whole spiel about how girls shouldn't be "invading" arcades. When his harassment goes too far, Minako (as Sailor V) proceeds to knock him out. The manga started in 1992, but this particular chapter is still pretty relevant today, especially with the surge in harassment of female gamers and fans for being "fake geek girls".
* ''Romeo's Blue Skies'' is an anime about a boy who sells himself to become a chimney sweep and in the process, finds many good friends who help him whenever he has trouble. This show is [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped NOT subtle in its message that]] ThePowerOfFriendship is awesome and how it conveys this with the two main characters, Romeo and Alfredo. Considering how nowadays modern day boys get persecuted by showing even the [[HoYay tiniest bit of friendship-like (whether romantic or not) affection for other boys]] just because others say it's gay, this message gets more and more relevant every year.
* In ''LightNovel/SorcererStabberOrphen'', the deal with [[spoiler: Stephanie being a {{trans sexual}} person]] is '''not''' handled for cheap and offensive laughs. When Orphen explains to Cleao and Majic how [[spoiler: she went from the male-bodied Stephan to the female-bodied Stephanie]], he does it in a matter-of-fact way and doesn't think less of her for it, and later the audience is not supposed to side with Cleao when she makes [[InnocentlyInsensitive a careless comment about it]]. Not to mention, [[spoiler: Stephanie herself]] is portrayed as a normal and kind person who deserves respect and affection like anyone else, and the cast treats her with affection.
* ''Manga/CandyCandy'' is a {{shoujo}} manga from TheSeventies that spreads two very important messages: "women can be '''anything''' they want to be in their lives if they work hard on making their hopes and dreams come true" and "romantic love is important in a woman's life, but '''not''' necessarily the end and be all of it."
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' is of course about the usual WarIsHell theme that Gundam is famous for, but one of its major plot points revolves around the use of unmanned weapons and the implications of wars without soldiers. Which really became a huge issue ''15 years'' after its release when American forces began employing drones in the Middle East.
* [[ActionGirl Jun]] [[BrokenBird Honoo]] from ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' is the daughter of a Japanese woman and an African-American soldier stationed in Japan, and in-story she's been heavily discriminated in Japan for her heritage. The story was written in TheSeventies, [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped when issues like racism were rarely discussed in the Japanese media at all, let alone in children's programming.]]

* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'''s [[http://benjaminzilla.tumblr.com/post/82628091096/accioharo-frozenviolets-zarabithia comic]] from 1982 became more relevant today due to its positive attitude towards homosexuality based on Captain America's speech that Arnie--his gay friend--is [[YouAreNotAlone a kind-hearted man rather than a freak]].
* An issue of ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' from the 1970s satirizes the over-the-top and offensive personalities that people use while speaking on CB radios. Its commentary on anonymous personalities is eerily predictive of {{GIFT}}.
* The early years of the [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Hal Jordan GreenLantern were innovative for its time with the hotshot test pilot have Carol Ferris, his girlfriend, being unambiguously an adept corporate executive and his boss, while Tom Kalmaku may have been stuck with the embarrassing nickname "Pieface", but he was still a smart and brave Inuit aerospace engineer.
* An issue of a comic called the Green Lama, dating to WWII, preaches against racism explicitly--the "bad guy" the Green Lama goes to defeat isn't a supervillain, it's the racist attitude of a white soldier against a black one. A couple of pages are thrown in showing him fighting Nazis, and they try to claim that racism was caused by Nazi fifth columnists in the US, but even ignoring those, the message being so explicit is remarkable for its day.
* ComicBook/XMen 's storyline "ComicBook/GodLovesManKills" has its relevance in the power of televangelism that can be seen today with their power of persuasion and fundings on anti-homosexual groups.
* Quino's ComicStrip/{{Mafalda}} derives much of its humor from the observation of human nature, which is so accurate that it remains relevant to this day… Let's not forget we're talking about a work from the 60's here. This is something that doesn't make Quino himself happy, considering those issues attacked back in the day still subsist.
* A Franchise/{{Superman}} poster toasted the ideals of inclusiveness and spoke out against discrimination, and urged kids to do the same. And it was produced in ''The Fifties'':
-->"...and remember, boys and girls, your school--like our country--is made up of Americans of ''many'' different races, religions, and national origins. So...if YOU hear anyone talk against a schoolmate or anyone else because of his race, religion, or national origin--don't wait: tell him THAT KIND OF TALK IS ''UN-AMERICAN.''"

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Much of the message of ''Film/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront'' has lasted well past the 1930s. Not every war film made during that period has aged as well.
* The CrapsackWorld of ''{{Film/Brazil}}'' features a bureaucratic government that responds to terrorist attacks with a cut down on liberties and the detainment and torture of its citizens--meaning that a story made during the background of TheTroubles takes on a whole new meaning in TheWarOnTerror. Director Creator/TerryGilliam even joked about [[DeadpanSnarker wanting to sue George Bush and Dick Cheney for the unauthorized remake of his movie.]]
* One war movie whose {{Aesop}}s about the nature of war and politics that has also lasted long is Stanley Kubrick's 1957 war movie ''Film/PathsOfGlory'' with Kirk Douglas.
* The message of peace and understanding in ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951'' has aged pretty well, even withstanding [[Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill2008 a remake]] of questionable quality.
* Few movies on the subject of the inherent madness of ''nuclear'' war have endured the way Kubrick's ''[[Film/DrStrangelove Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb]]'' has.
* ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'' and other PodPeople-style stories. The '50s and '70s movies are classics that sum up what the fear of their time was while still retaining Values Resonance.
* The original ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet'' of 1947 feels marvelously ahead of its time with Doris Walker being a senior business executive and a single mother with no one questioning her fitness at either because she is a woman.
** Its cutting attack on the overly commercialized holiday season seems far more relevant these days.
* The 1936 Creator/CharlieChaplin film ''Film/ModernTimes'' has been praised for being even more relevant today with its satire of big business and its portrayal of the plight of the unprivileged in modern society.
* The climactic speech from ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' is just as relevant today as it was in 1940. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WibmcsEGLKo Watch it for yourself]].
* ''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington'' portrayed Congress as morally bankrupt; full of bribery, deceit, and other underhanded techniques; absolutely unfriendly to newcomers; the movie being very cynical for the era (and especially for Creator/FrankCapra) despite [[EarnYourHappyEnding having a happy ending]]. It seemed oddly pessimistic for its viewers at the time, but as the American government becomes more and more transparent, and more corruption scandals leak out with each passing year since Watergate (which wouldn't happen for another three decades), this film has reflected closer and closer to how Americans largely see Congress.
* ''Film/MadchenInUniform'' was the first movie to have a pro-lesbian storyline (and the two girls are explicitly in love). Not only that, but neither one dies or turns PsychoLesbian. This movie was made in 1931 and it still has plenty of relevant themes and motifs in terms of feminism and lesbian sexuality.
* The ''Franchise/JamesBond'' franchise at one time seemed to lose his relevance with the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar in the 1990s, but after the trauma of 9/11 and the resulting WarOnTerror and international terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda; James Bond and his battles against eerily similar villainous groups like SPECTRE suddenly felt brilliantly pertinent again, [[DeconReconSwitch as acknowledged]] in ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''.
* The Oscar-winning Hollywood version of Ernest Hemingway's ''Literature/ForWhomTheBellTolls'' has definitely aged better than other action-adventure films of the 1940s. Being shot in color and on an actual location (even if it ''is'' CaliforniaDoubling) definitely help, as does the film's having more StuffBlowingUp and overall violence than one would expect from an "old" movie. But the movie holds up pretty well in terms of sociopolitical and cultural content, too: it portrays some left-wing Spanish guerrillas very sympathetically (although it does try to make them seem more like patriotic freedom-fighters than radicals), and that band of guerrillas also has some [[ActionGirl Action Girls]] among its ranks (even though [[RealWomenNeverWearDresses the most prominent of them is rather mannish]]).
* ''Film/StarshipTroopers'': At first glance a typical Hollywood soap action movie, the deeply scathing critique of the book it was based off of and nationalism in general was so subtle that even famed critics like ''Creator/RogerEbert'' failed to take notice of its satire. Yet it later became popularized as a critique of the TheWarOnTerror, due to the many parallels between several parts of the movie--governments using acts of terror to justify war, sending countless people to their deaths, employing torture, etc. People who watch it today are even surprised that this film was actually produced almost a decade before the Iraq war.
* Even though it was based on the (relatively) old French play ''Theatre/LaCageAuxFolles'', the 1996 American film ''Film/TheBirdcage'' did a very good job of updating the material for the '90s, and it still resonates in the 21st century. Of particular note is an outright mention of "same-sex marriage": not only was this a revolutionary concept at the time, but the very terminology was rare compared to the much blunter phrase "gay marriage."
* This happened to ''Film/DemolitionMan''. In TheNewTens, with MoralGuardians and their polar opposite being louder than ever before, both factions paint a pretty relevant picture.
* ''Film/{{Freaks}}'' presents the titular "Freaks" as nice people and portrays them positively.
* ''Film/TheyLive'' was made as a critique of the rampant consumerism, greed and shallow conformity of the 1980s. Closing on 30 years later, those messages show no signs of being dated anytime soon.
* ''Film/{{Stealth}}'' was [[SoOKItsAverage never a particularly notable movie]], but its concerns about drone warfare are only getting more relevant as the military of the digital age shifts to drone warfare and finds more and more risks they didn't foresee.
* ''Film/{{Network}}'' was intended to be an over-the-top satire of the news media when it was produced, but as time has passed the film seems less and less outlandish.
* The concerns of ''Film/BeingThere'' with style being elevated over substance seem more relevant every year.

* ''Literature/TessOfTheDUrbervilles'': A woman is raped, escapes the rapist, falls in love, and is rejected by her husband because she's not a virgin anymore. She then is forced to become her rapist's mistress in order to survive. This is presented as a tragedy--with the heroine being innocent--was controversial in the time it was written, while nowadays most people would agree that ''of course'' Tess is not to be blamed for the rape, and that the double-standard her husband (who lost his virginity in consensual sex) uses to justify his leaving her is despicable. The message against victim blaming is still an anvil that needs to be dropped, sadly, even though attitudes on virginity have relaxed.
* ''Literature/LesMiserables'' is sadly resonant with society today, seeing men persecuted simply for their past reputation, families dividing over petty issues as political fanaticism, women being disgraced for sexual behaviour that is praised in men, officials emphasising rules over care and consideration, and scoundrels abusing their position of 'caretaker' simply for the money. Victor Hugo's urging that these ills ''must'' be faced are every bit as relevant today as they were in post-Revolutionary France.
** [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Hugo himself in the prologue: "So long as ignorance and misery remain on earth, books like this cannot be useless."
* ''Literature/UncleTomsCabin'', particularly the ideas of passive resistance and racial equality.
* The Literature/SherlockHolmes story "The Adventure of the Yellow Face": The sympathetic treatment of interracial marriage, which in its time was (consciously) controversial, now comes across as proper and endearing; so much so that readers who aren't aware of historical prejudices could find the plot, which revolves around an attempt to conceal said interracial marriage, confusing and unnecessary.
** Overall the original Sherlock Holmes stories are either FairForItsDay or this trope when it comes to race or gender. The Ku Klux Klan makes an appearance as a deadly effective but unsympathetic terrorist organization - which it was for most of its existence. Even the portrayal of Sherlock bears mention, as he is a relatively well written Asperger Savant ''avant la lettre'', if you had to diagnose him with modern terms.
* ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' by Creator/CharlesDickens. The message of the true meaning of Christmas being about how one spends their life, not their money, might be more relevant in these recessionary times more than ever. Justified in that "secular Christmas", (i.e. very commercial Christmas with SantaClaus bringing lots of expensive gifts) was still [[NewerThanTheyThink relatively new]] in VictorianBritain. Arguably, Dickens was commenting on what seemed like [[TheNewRockAndRoll a troubling new trend]].
* Tibullus, an ancient Roman poet who lived in the 1st century [=BC=] wrote [[http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/9610/pg9610.txt an elegy]] (the eleventh) where he states that war is madness and wishes for peace.
* [[Creator/RobertBurns Robert "Rabbie" Burns]]' poem ''[[http://www.robertburns.org.uk/Assets/Poems_Songs/holy_willie.htm Holy Willie's Prayer]]'', written in 1785 about a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Willie%27s_Prayer hypocritical church elder]] who condemns others for perceived transgression, whilst giving spurious justifications about his own. Compare with the various evangelists caught out and their own justifications for their behaviour today.
** This easily fits into any religion, you just have to change some names.
* ''Literature/ThePrivateMemoirsAndConfessionsOfAJustifiedSinner'' was a brilliant look at psychology and the use of religion to excuse yourself while denouncing everyone else. It was written in 1824 by a poor Scottish farmer.
* ''Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront'' has actually been said to resonate with some people ''more'' than the more modern WarIsHell novels do.
* ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' was thankfully not an accurate prediction of TheEighties. Yet its message of extreme surveillance became even more prevalent in the following years, particularly once TheWarOnTerror led to a bump in government-endorsed CCTV and wiretaps. It says something that once Edward Snowden leaked NSA's surveillance info, [[http://money.cnn.com/2013/06/12/news/1984-nsa-snowden/index.html the book's sales skyrocketed]].
* Like ''1984'', ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' (1931) still manages to resonate. [[http://i.imgur.com/Pfmur0u.jpg Some have argued that it's actually more relevant today than it was in its time]], as people seem increasingly willing to give up their rights in the name of [[BreadAndCircuses immediate pleasure and entertainment]]. It also predicted the [[TheSixties 1960s']] sexual revolution and drug culture.
** It rings frighteningly true of how predictive Aldous Huxley's book was of the future despite being written in the '30s, so much that many dystopian films or films with dystopian themes have ended up being inspired by it, furthermore reinforcing the existence of our entertainment obsessed culture.
** And despite ''Brave New World'' preceding the discovery of DNA, its chemically-enforced eugenics strike close to [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke what people fear genetic engineering can do]].
* Similar to Brave New World, ''Literature/{{Fahrenheit 451}}'' predicted iPods & earbuds, flatscreen [=TVs=], VideoGames, the decline of quality in public schools, prescription drug abuse, people abandoning books and their loved ones for new media, and everyone living in fear over war.
** The Hound straight-up executing suspects, instead of bringing them in for trial, is now an eerie metaphor for how often police kill unarmed individuals - especially people of color.
** Books becoming illegal due to over-censorship from both sides of any argument was considered extreme in the 1950s; now, it sounds like, for example, [[SoapBoxSadie Social Justice Warriors]] versus [[TheFundamentalist Men's Rights Activists or All Lives Matterers]].
*** That the banning of books was ''also'' brought about heavily by [[TallPoppySyndrome unintelligent people being angry at intellectuals]] sounds disturbingly like the anti-intellectualism and anti-science/-education movement in ultraconservative communities in America.
** Peoples' inability to retain information in the long-term seemed strange in its original publishing - an extreme effect of general apathy that couldn't REALLY ever come true. Now, it's a well-known phenomenon of peoples' over-reliance on personal devices and access to search engines and online encyclopedias (people don't remember info because they feel they can always look it up).
* ''Literature/{{Maurice}}'' was written in 1913 but wasn't published until 1971 because it had the "weirdo" idea that homosexuals could actually have ''happy'' endings that didn't involve death or being "cured" of their "mental illness" (yes, [[ValuesDissonance once upon a time, homosexuality was considered a mental problem]]).
* The sentiments of Siegfried Sassoon's poem "Aftermath" resonate just a strongly today as they did immediately following World War I, perhaps even more so given all that's happened since it was written in 1920. This is, in fact, true of many of the anti-war poems that came out of the First World War.
* The E.M. Forster story "[[http://archive.ncsa.illinois.edu/prajlich/forster.html The Machine Stops]]" must have seemed wildly far-fetched when it was published in 1909. Now, aspects of the story make one wonder if Forster had done some time-traveling to the early 21st century.
* In Sir Walter Raleigh's ''The Nymph's Reply to The Shepherd'' the nymph rejects all the riches promised to her by the shepherd, claiming these things [[ItsAllJunk get old after a while]]. It reads like an indictment of consumerism and materialism in the era of Wal-Mart and Costco.
* ''Literature/DonQuixote''’s {{satire}} will live as long as the [[InherentInTheSystem justice system will be]] [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney made of]] [[HumansAreFlawed human judges]] [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney capable of corruption]] [[BuyThemOff that let criminals go for a price]]. Or as [[SleazyPolitician the people who direct]] TheGovernment only care about ruling the people without making any effort to enhance the live of his subjects. Or while the MoralGuardians are useless because his own CondescendingCompassion. Or while [[FanDumb there are people who fanatically defend any kind of entertainment work no matter its faults]]. Those examples are only a few…
* ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'', published in the 1930s, actually [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] the stereotypical SouthernBelle and many tropes concerning the [[UsefulNotes/AntebellumAmerica antebellum South]]. The heroine Scarlett O'Hara actually commented on how she was [[StayInTheKitchen disapproved of for running her own business in order to take care of her dependents]], which is even more relevant in modern society.
* ''Dozens'' of cultures have their own version of the same basic FairyTale.
* The titular heroine of Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/{{Emma}}'' learns that interfering in others' love lives is wrong, and nobody has any right to assume they know everyone else and their circumstances well enough to arrange their destinies for them, especially when it comes to romance. 200 years later, and [[{{Shipping}} we still haven't learned that lesson]].
** ''Literature/{{Emma}}'' was made into a film that [[SettingUpdate moved the setting]] to '90s California. Aside from updating the dialogue and characters to fit the setting, nothing else had to be changed. That film? The teen comedy classic ''Film/{{Clueless}}''.
* Another Jane Austen classic, ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', aside from its perpetually relevant moral of [[CaptainObvious not prejudging others or thinking too highly of yourself because of your status]], showcases the perils of marrying for convenience or looks and elevates the notion of marrying for love, an ideal that would have been considered rather quixotic at the time. Many of its characters will also be eerily familiar to modern readers, both in real life and in contemporary fiction: Mrs. Bennet, who has no higher goal in life than keeping up appearances; Mr. Bennet, the distant husband who tolerates but does not love his wife and delights in doing little things to piss her off because it's the only amusement he can get out of their relationship; Lydia, the bratty, reckless teenager who sees nothing wrong with her irresponsible behaviour and ultimately ends up screwing up her life; Jane, who is so nice and self-effacing that she endangers her own happiness; Wickham, [[ItWasHisSled who fools everyone with his charm]] but is in fact [[TheSociopath a mid-functioning sociopath]]; [[BitchInSheepsClothing Caroline]] and Lady Catherine, the {{Rich Bitch}}es; and of course, Elizabeth, the intelligent, perceptive, quick-witted protagonist with a playfully snarky sense of humour. The characters, and the morals we are meant to learn from what they reap by their strengths and flaws, are resonant enough that [[WebVideo/TheLizzieBennetDiaries a modern-day adaptation in the form of a video blog]], which for the most part did not change the main characters' personalities and struggles, was ''frequently'' thought to be ''a real video blog'' by many first-time viewers. (Apparently fewer people have read ''Pride and Prejudice'' than one would like to think.)
* ''By the Waters of Babylon'' by Stephen Vincent Benét is a [[AfterTheEnd post-apo]] short story about a primitive man exploring RuinsOfTheModernAge. Despite being written in 1937, it might well have been an archetypal post-nuclear story from the 1950s or 1960s.
* ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'' as a critique of the emotionally and morally vacuous upper class of America. It's really no wonder it received another film adaptation in 2013.
* When ''Literature/InvisibleMan'' was written by Ralph Ellison about 1950, white racism was a topic scarcely touched upon in the mainstream culture. ''Invisible Man'' discusses that a lot… and it also discusses ''black'' racism, liberal guilt, the Black Power movement…
* ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio'', the children's novel from 1883, has prompted many computer scientists nowadays see parallels between Pinocchio, a man-made being who wants to become a "real boy", and artificial intelligence.
* Judy Blume's book ''Literature/{{Blubber}}'' is a book about bullying. This was written in 1974. Its grimly realistic outlook and lack of sugarcoating made it the target of MoralGuardians, but with an increased focus on the effects of bullying and the growing anti-bullying movement, it's as relevant as ever.
* In his 1907 novel ''Le Meraviglie del Duemila'' ("The Marvels of the Year 2,000"), Emilio Salgari imagined a world in which every country had renounced war due all of them having access to what are basically [[NukeEm nuclear weapons]], anticipating MutuallyAssuredDestruction and its fear.
** Generally speaking, Salgari's works tend to resonate with modern audiences, presenting different races as equals, [[GirlsNeedRoleModels strong female characters]], and strong criticism of colonialism.
* Pretty much most, if not all of Literature/AesopsFables.
** Moreover, The Smothers Brothers make note of this in the opening and closing songs on their album ''Aesop's Fables the Smothers Brothers Way''[[note]]For this reason, the album itself can be seen as an example.[[/note]].
* Vilhelm Moberg's four book suite collectively referred to as TheEmigrants is almost more topical today than when it was originally written in the 1940s and 50s. The story is set in the mid-19th century and follows a group of people in Småland, Sweden, who become the first in the parish to emigrate to America. The first book ("''The Emigrants''") follows the characters until they have landed on American soil and the following three ("''The Immigrants''", "''The Settlers''" and "''The Last Letter Home''") chronicles how they build a new life in their new homeland and stays with the characters until most of them are dead. Among the group of emigrants are Karl Oskar Nilsson, a farmer who can't provide for his family at home and dreams of the vast farm land of North America, and his wife Kristina, who doesn't want to emigrate but agrees after their oldest child dies of starvation. Karl Oskar prospers in the New World but Kristina spends her life plagued by homesickness and never becomes "Americanized" or even learns the language. While the Swedish mass-emigration to the US isn't exactly an ongoing thing the core of the story is very, ''very'' topical as of this post being written in 2015. The number of refugees worldwide today and the debates on whether or not they should be allowed to enter the countries they flee towards makes the story feel very modern and relevant. The characters in the novel are all so well-written and fleshed out and their various hardships so relatable that even though they are 19th century peasants from protestant Sweden they can easily be recognized in people of all origins and faiths in modern times. In particular their voyage across the ocean in the first book is almost uncomfortable to read about (not to mention watching it in the movie) today when there are so many people still risking their lives on the seas to escape to a better life. Sweden itself is today oftentimes hailed as a land of milk and honey in the countries that see a lot of its citizens fleeing there, which comes off as ironic as the character Robert constantly hails America that same way in the first two novels.
** Due to the story being so topical the musical "''Kristina from Duvemåla''" (by ABBA's Björn and Benny), based on the book suite, was revived in Gothenburg and Stockholm in 2015, playing for sold-out theatres. It's almost uncomfortable to hear some of the songs nowadays, for instance Kristina's song "''Hemma''" (Home) in which her children asks her where home is and she can't answer, but dreams of being back at home for Midsummer's Eve dancing at her parents' farm. Though the song that especially stands out in this regard is "''Var hör vi hemma''?" (Where Do We Belong?) towards the end, containing lines such as: "''From a thousand throats/ with one voice/ where is a haven/ where do we belong''?". Heck, the story's contemporary relevance is even mentioned in the musical's playbook.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'':
** The classic episode about aliens who use good old-fashioned human prejudice and hysteria while they just watch and laugh. This was an allegory for the Red Scare, warning how communism is a danger, but the self-destructive anti-communist hysteria amongst the US people is actually the best way for the real communists to ''win''. In the most recent remake series, the episode was remade, with the communist threat changed to terrorism. No other changes were made... or needed.
** "He's Alive" is another good contender, on how we keep monsters like Hitler alive so long as we spread intolerance, no matter of what kind.
** "Number 12 Looks Just Like You" and it's theme of overconformity and the Hollywood obsession with beauty (especially female beauty) is probably even truer today than it was back then. Eerily it takes place in the year 2000.
** "Eye of the Beholder" has similar themes. The Closing Narration even invokes this:
-->Now the questions that come to mind: Where is this place and when is it? What kind of world, where [[spoiler:ugliness is the norm and beauty the deviation from that norm?]] You want an answer? The answer is...it doesn't make any difference. Because the old saying happens to be true. Beauty is in the [[TitleDrop eye of the beholder.]] In this year or a hundred years hence. On this planet… or wherever there is human life, perhaps out amongst the stars. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Lesson to be learned… in The Twilight Zone.
** "Night of the Meek" (the Christmas episode) is basically a big {{Aesop}} about belief and the goodness of charity and giving as opposed to blindly and selfishly asking and receiving. It's message is even more true today, as the commercialization of the holidays is greater than ever.
** "The Shelter" is a good example, whose message is somewhat similar to 'The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street'. It shows that no matter how civil we act in everyday life, in order to survive we'll adopt an 'every man for himself' mentality, and that the only way to survive is by working together.
** Thanks to global climate change, the depiction of people going mad and dying from extreme heat in "The Midnight Sun" is far more unsettling today.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has managed to come up with many stories that are excellent examples of this trope.
** The famous ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" was relevant during the Civil Rights movement of the late [[TheSixties 1960s]] when it aired. It still applies unnervingly well to all the racial and religious fanaticism of the early 21st century.
*** An episode of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' made during the 21st century, purposely made as a tribute to "Last Battlefield", even points out that this type of story is just as true, if not more, today.
** The theme of TOS's "A Taste of Armageddon", about [[AMillionIsAStatistic the dehumanizing effects of computerized warfare]], was haunting enough in 1967, when the computer was still in its infancy. Today, with things like [=UAVs=] and computer-guided missiles becoming indispensable parts of modern warfare, it hits harder than ever.
** "The Devil in the Dark" has always aged beautifully with a GreenAesop theme that gradually becomes obvious in a natural way.
** "The Omega Glory" is extremely divisive, [[AmericansHateTingle especially among international Trekkies]], but its message of how dangerous blind patriotism and nationalism can be still rings true, particularly since the surge of hyper-patriotism that emerged in the US after the September 11th attacks.
** ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation's]]'' "The Drumhead" and ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine's]]'' "Homefront" and "Paradise Lost" both carry strong messages of not sacrificing liberty in the name of security, messages that remain very important to this day.[[note]]"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety,"--Creator/BenjaminFranklin[[/note]]
* In ''Series/BlakesSeven'', Blake rebels against a totalitarian government that drugs its populace. He gets framed for paedophilia. Hell, the entire series starts with a shot of a CCTV camera monitoring the citizens--''before'' said cameras became ubiquitous in the UK.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' has the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19fcN3VaXs4 'Prejudice Sketch']], the "Blackmail" gameshow that looks almost tame compared to some modern reality shows ("no we don't morally censure sir, we just want the money!"), and all of the self deprecation and the letters of complaint about Creator/TheBBC still rings true, given how much flak the corporation often gets from other media outlets and MoralGuardians: "I'd like to complain about people who hold things up by complaining about people complaining, it's about time something was done about it".
* One of the key motivations behind Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss' revamping of Franchise/SherlockHolmes when creating ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' was their realisation that Dr. Watson's backstory as a wounded and invalided veteran of a British military campaign in Afghanistan was, in light of the War on Terror, just as relevant at the beginning of the twenty-first century as it had been at the end of the nineteenth when the stories were first being written.

* TomLehrer's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPrAuF2f_oI Pollution]]'' song.
* The JerryReed song "Lord, Mr. Ford", first released on the album with the same album in 1973 and criticizing the car-obsessed United States resonates quite uncomfortably in the Era of [=SUVs=], global warming and Peak Oil.
--> Lord, Mr. Ford, how I wish that you could see
--> what your simple "horseless carriage" has become.
--> It seems your great contribution to Man
--> to say the least, got a little out of hand.
--> Lord, Mr Ford, what have you done?!
* Swedish singer Karl Gerhard wrote the song "Nu ska vi vara snälla" ("Let's be nice now") in the 1930's. One verse is about how Sweden has a minister of defense, but no actual defense, since what military it does have is constantly being reduced and downsized. Karl Gerhard's suggested solution to this is that when the enemy planes arrive in Sweden, all the Swedes will simply hide, so the enemy won't have anybody to fight. Now, over seventy years later, it's safe to say that the observation about the state of the military, as well as the suggested solution, is as relevant as ever.
* The song "Spaceman" by Babylon Zoo features lyrics condemning "the sickening taste" of "homophobic jokes" and "images of fascist votes". When regarding the more… to put it bluntly, worser parts of the internet, said lyrics continue to be relevant today.
* The social problems Music/MarvinGaye sings about on ''Music/WhatsGoingOn'' are still with us and, in many cases, worse than they were when the album was recorded.
* A lot of the "punk-pop" from the late 1970s sounds more contemporary than one might think. There are rock songs from 1978 that for many listeners could pass for songs from 2008. (Try playing "I Wanna Be Sedated" for a group of 14-year-olds sometime and kidding them that it's a "new" song; odds are at least one person will believe you.) It certainly helps that [[ThreeChordsAndTheTruth the style of and philosophy behind those earlier hits]] has made a major comeback in the 21st century. Most amusing of all, those '70s tunes have aged a lot better than the '80s New Wave hits that replaced them.
* "Media Overkill" by Music/{{Scorpions}} is about media manipulating people with lurid stories, which is just as if not even more relevant today.
* The song "Mamma är lik sin mamma" ("Mum is like her mom") by Siw Malmkvist is about how, today still, it's the woman's job to clean the house, do the laundry and do all the household chores with no help whatsoever from the man of the house. "And this is called emancipation," Siw comments dryly. The song came out in 1968, but might as well have been written in 2016.

[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* The Chinese folk tale of ''[[http://www.glbtq.com/literature/chinese_myth,3.html The Fox and the Scholar]]'' has as its moral a pro-LGBT message, stating that love is love no matter what. It features a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin scholar and a fox]], who were husband and wife in a past life, but reincarnated as males. Nonetheless, they still want to make it work, and succeed.

* StanFreberg's 1958 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5IXlfJSEi4 radio play]] "[[GreenChristmas Green Chri$tma$]]" with its attack on the commercialization of the holidays still happens to be relevant in modern times.
** Also his "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLlTlYfqQV4 Elderly Man River]]" routine about using non-offensive words in public.
* In ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', upon hearing the mice's plan to take to the chat show circuit with the Ultimate Question, which is what the philospher's did at the time the Ultimate Answer was revealed, he asked if anyone did anything except appear on chat shows. This was in 1978. Since then, the number of such shows have only increased since they are very cheap to produce.

* A number of lyrics written by Oscar Hammerstein, most spectacularly "You've Got to Be Carefully Taught".
* ''Theatre/{{Othello}}''. By Creator/WilliamShakespeare. For North American audiences, a lot of baggage was added by the use of Africans in larger-scale Atlantic slavery. But generally speaking, the play has a lot that resonates with modern audiences; attitudes to cultural/ethnic minorities, minority attitudes, the troubles of career military men in domestic settings, the destructive power of rumours…
* ''Theatre/TheClouds'', by Creator/{{Aristophanes}}, mocks both conservative and left-wing StrawmanPolitical types, with the former being portrayed as not using actual arguments, just saying "this is the way we've always done it" and "Doing it differently will make you gay" and the latter controlling most of Creator/{{Socrates}}' [[StrawmanU Academy]] and being able to convince anyone of anything, including that the only reason it isn't acceptable for sons to beat their fathers is that there's a law that says there isn't. Today, gay rights and moral relativism are actually points of debate.
** ''Theatre/{{Lysistrata}}'' has an overriding message of peace and, like many Aristophanes' plays, claims war is being prolonged by corrupt politicians. Due to this, the play ended up being performed a lot in the year the Iraq War began. It also has quite a bit to say on feminism and the kind of power women have. Not bad for a play that, even back then, was a raunchy sex comedy.
* ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}'' (both the stage musical and [[Film/{{Chicago}} the movie]]). Its view of the celebrity that comes from scandal seems to be getting more relevant every year. A lot of people took interest in the whole "celebrity defendant" phenomenon after the OJ Simpson trial and the 1996 revival has been running ever since. In fact, the program for one touring production described it as "scandalous in the 20s (when the nonmusical play came out), controversial in the 70s, and now just reads like a documentary".
* ''Theatre/SpringAwakening'' (the original play) was written just before the 1900s, but still holds a lot of Values Resonance on cultural/religious repression and sexuality. The musical outright ''invokes this'' by using contemporary style/slang for the songs. [[AwesomeMusic/{{Theatre}} And it works.]] The show is essentially about what happens when you refuse to give teenagers TheTalk. It was radical when it was written, but today it seems like a massive take down of the abstinence-only sub culture.
* Shylock's famous "if you prick us, do we not bleed?" speech from ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'' almost goes without saying.
* Creator/HenrikIbsen's plays were incredibly controversial at the time, but these days there's nothing wrong with them.
* Arthur Miller stated that ''Theatre/TheCrucible'' goes through waves of popularity when people feel that tyranny is coming, or has just fallen. Apparently people in China found it especially relatable after the end of the Cultural Revolution and the ReignOfTerror created by the Gang of Four.
* ''Theatre/InheritTheWind'': With the rise of the power of the political Religious Right and later the countering rise of the more assertive New Atheism doing battle in the courts like over religious pseudo-sciences like "Intelligent Design," this play's conflict between faith and secularism is still powerfully relevant today.
* ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire:'' The play symbolizes the struggle between the Old South and New South that was taking place at the time. Blanche was an antebellum SouthernBelle left over from before the Civil War (being played in the movie by Scarlett O'Hara herself, Vivian Leigh, only added to this,) and Stanley was a more modern, industrial blue-collar immigrant, symbolic of the direction the South was heading, and the clash between those who wanted to go back to the Good Old Days and those who wanted to embrace progress. Important in 1947 since the South was still recovering, but the same Old Guard vs. New Blood debate is showing up all over again, with a younger generation of more diverse, liberal, and progressive Southerners butting heads with the much more religious, staunchly conservative previous generation. Of course, [[AnalogyBackfire the analogy falls apart]] once you realize that many modern conservatives would sympathize with Stanley more than they would with Blanche.
* ''Theatre/HMSPinafore'': While a lot of the other Victoriana hasn't aged particularly well, the mocking of political appointees with no experience in their field and over-inflated egos (in this case, a First Sea Lord whose closest connection to the Navy is a [[IncrediblyLamePun partnership]] in a law firm), will probably never cease to be funny as long as back-room political dealing and nepotism are a thing.
* ''Theatre/AnInspectorCalls'' tells of a young working class woman [[DrivenToSuicide driven to suicide]] by poverty, and sharply interrogates the culpability of the British upper and middle classes in the desolate lives of the working classes--each member is not to blame individually, but functioning as a class they oppressed and hounded a woman to her death. The play depicts and mercilessly deconstructs the every-man-for-himself individualism of the bourgeoisie as represented by Mr. Birling, with the central Aesop being that all people are connected and that the rich and powerful must take responsibility for the impacts of their actions on others: “If mankind will not learn that lesson, then the time will come soon when he will be taught it, in fire, and blood, and anguish.” Written in the 1930s and set in 1912, and still extremely resonant in Conservative-governed Britain in 2015, when 6 million people turned into a BBC TV film adaptation.
* Lessing's Nathan der Weise still resonates with its message of tolerance, even though it is only limited to Muslims Christians and Jews in the narrative and the famous ring parable that even (daringly for its time) suggested that all three of them were wrong. Dust of the somewhat antiquated language and you could make it a modern movie with little to no effort, even though [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny some of its narrative devices]] have not aged as well as the message.

[[folder:Urban Legends]]
* Fake Values Resonance is a common theme for Urban Legends, examples from ''Snopes'' follows. Unless noted otherwise, these are false:
** The circumstances of the 2000 election supposedly mirror an 18th-century professor's predictions of the fall of democracy: [[http://www.snopes.com/politics/ballot/athenian.asp here.]]
** The rationale for the invasion of Iraq supposedly mirrors a 1944 Reuter's article concerning the invasion of Nazi-conquered France: [[http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/split.asp here]].
** The rationale for removing troops from Iraq mirrors another supposed 1944 Reuter's article concerning the removal of troops from World War Two's European Theater: [[http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/withdrawal.asp here]].
** A quote from Julius Caesar supposedly explains how to use the threat of war to convince citizens to fall in line with the government: [[http://www.snopes.com/quotes/caesar.asp here.]]
*** [[http://www.snopes.com/quotes/goering.asp This]] similar quote from Hermann Goering also drew attention--however, this one is real.
** A (real) article from 1922 warns that climate change is melting Arctic ice and disrupting wildlife: [[http://www.snopes.com/politics/science/globalwarming1922.asp here.]]

* ''VideoGames/TeamFortress2'' can be viewed as this, if the your definition of values is broad enough to include the ideals of what a video game fun and enjoyable. Since the game spent over a decade in development and originated from a mod from the 90s, the game uses conventions typical of first person shooters in the era it was conceived but nearly extinct when it was released. These "outdated" features like a rigid diverse class base, completely sacrificing any sense of realism for the sake of game play, the lack of regenerating health, and weapons being locked to the player rather than spawn points on the map ironically make the game feel like a breath of fresh air in an era where first person shooters were trying as hard as they could to copy the same model.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'':
** Sean from ''Mega Man Battle Network 2'', a character from a FriendlessBackground and possibly subjected to FinancialAbuse following the death of his parents in a major world tragedy. Feeling alone in the world, he turned to the internet, and discovered people similar to him, and became friends. Over ten years after the game's release, especially with the explosion in popularity of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter? It is still applicable, and carries a nice message about how alone many people feel in the world despite the Internet bring more people closer than before.
** One of the series recurring themes is cyberterrorism. [[OlderThanTheyThink While not invented by this particular series]], Battle Network demonstrates objects being hacked and putting people in danger, government databases being hacked by terrorists, remote-controlled weapons going haywire, and crimes being ordered across the world with only the push of a button. In the 2000s, such a concept was still being thought of as fantastical. But in TheNewTens, technology and the Internet have developed to such an extent that many of the attacks depicted in Battle Network have become a reality (corporate & government databases now get hacked on a large scale at an almost annual basis), and cyberterrorism and cyberwarfare are constantly discussed in the media and by national security strategists.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The anti-war short "WesternAnimation/PeaceOnEarth", released on the eve of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII about the horrors of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, still carries a haunting message applicable to today's world. It became far more profound from the 1950s onward and was even remade at the time (as "Good Will to Men"), as the UsefulNotes/ColdWar made its metaphor of human extinction a chillingly literal one.
* ''WesternAnimation/TexAveryMGMCartoons'':
** Creator/TexAvery's "TV of Tomorrow" contains much commentary on television that mostly rings true today, such as a family life (literally) based around the TV set, a man keeping his face glued to the screen in the living room as his wife drags his body into the kitchen (only pulling his outstretched head in to eat his dinner), a lack of variety in programming (the old "X number of channels and there's nothing on" problem), TV shows being adapted into movies (a man who's sick of watching Westerns on TV goes to the movies. He thinks he's seeing a romantic film--but it turns out to be the Western he was trying to avoid at home), and TV being on-the-go (the Scottish flashlight TV is more-or-less similar to mobile devices having Internet and video capability).
** Not to mention the "Farm of Tomorrow" and it's omnipresent, often disfiguring genetic engineering. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And also for inventing]] [[WebOriginal/LOLCats Longcat]].
** An [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness earlier]] Tex Avery short, "WesternAnimation/ILoveToSinga" is a great example. The plot is that the young [[PunnyName Owl Jolson]] is kicked out of his house by [[HairTriggerTemper his father]] for [[FelonyMisdemeanor liking Jazz music]], only for both parents to [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone go to pieces]] worrying about him. At the time, it was mostly seen WholePlotReference to Film/TheJazzSinger, but a modern audience can easily see little Owl Jolson's then in-style flamboyance and parental persecution as a nod to the plight of gay or transgender kids. The father at one point even says "[[FantasticHomophobia Listen Mama, if he must sing, we will teach him to sing]] [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything like we want him to]]". It actually holds up better than the [[ValuesDissonance blackface celebrating]] [[Film/TheJazzSinger original]]!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Dating back to the ''eighties'' running into the 2010s, this show has covered a plethora of issues that still hold up today:
** "Homer Badman" discusses the dangers of sensationalism and punditry in news, and how over-the-top or wrongful accusations can ruin peoples' lives. The creators themselves have stated the problem has only gotten worse since the episode aired in 1994.
** "Lard of the Dance" explores the need for girls to seem grown up by imitating pop culture icons and wearing revealing clothing.
** "Much Apu About Nothing": This season 7 episode showed the legal and human side of illegal immigration. It works better at a time when Congress and states are debating greater border security and restrictions.
** "The Cartridge Family": While not every person who owns a gun is a lunatic, there are people (like Homer) who should never own a weapon, aired in season 9, but predated Columbine, Sandy Hook, and Virginia Tech.
** "Mr. Lisa Goes To Washington": Explores corruption at the highest levels of government. A season 3 gem that would appear more relevant in the 2010s, when faith in Congress has been at its lowest levels.
** "Weekend at Burnsie's": Homer's use of marijuana is played for laughs, but it would feel more open in 2015, when several states have actually legalized recreational marijuana, and when the war on drugs has been seriously contested.
** "Trash of the Titans": Besides its GreenAesop (which WordOfGod says was unintentional), the episode seems like a satire of the Tea Party when viewed today without context, as Homer spews angry rhetoric at a respected politician with little thought of how he would do better if elected, and after being elected, messes up so horribly everyone hates him. Ray Patterson's lines "Nobody wants to hear the nonsensical ravings of a loudmouthed malcontent!" and "the American people have never tolerated incompetence from its elected officials." hit harder than ever in light of how badly-received the Tea Party-dominated Congress has been, having the lowest all-time approval ratings throughout the 2010s.
*** Similar to the aforementioned ''Film/BeingThere'', this episode chastises the trend of style over substance, particularly in politics, as Homer wins by making outlandish promises [[DidntThinkThisThrough that he fails to see are absolutely impractical]].
** In "Treehouse of Horror VII"'s spoof of the 1996 election, Kang and Kodos replace Bill Clinton and Bob Dole: no matter which of them wins, they intend to turn America into a slave state for their planet. When the deception is revealed, the pair smugly inform the populace that because America runs on a two-party system, one of them will ''still'' rise to power. It's not quite as funny after events in the 2010s decade where Americans are starting to re-examine the two-party-system and third-party candidates are starting to succeed.
--> '''Kang''' ''(with slobbery laughter):'' Go ahead--''throw your vote away!'' Ha ha ha haa!
* ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' is an early 2000s SliceOfLife cartoon aimed at middle school girls. Its messages resonate especially well with 2010s youths. It covered many mature topics for a Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} cartoon, such as SlutShaming, depression, bullying, and puberty. It features several AmbiguouslyGay and AmbiguouslyBi characters as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'': The episode "Test of Tested" explored the problems of standardized tests, and anxieties kids go through, in 2002, just after No Child Left Behind Was signed into law. The episode seemed silly, as did the actions of the students who hated it. But over a decade later, backlash against standardized testing has grown to the point where whole school districts have students opting out.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* "We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature's inexhaustible sources of energy--sun, wind and tide… I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that."--ThomasEdison, 1931. However, in this day of rising gas prices, environmental awareness, and resource scarcity, this quote is more relevant than ever.
* "We have during this time been living under a government not based on the federal Constitution, but under one created by the plausible sophistries of John Marshall. The Supreme Court has not contented itself with its undisputed judicial prerogative of interpreting the laws of Congress which may be ambiguous, but it has usurped the legislative prerogative of declaring what the laws shall not be. Our Constitutional government has been supplanted by a judicial oligarchy."--Sylvester Pennoyer, 1896. For Americans worried or angry over judicial activism, those words seem even more true today. Of course, Pennoyer was a bit of a creep and had [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennoyer_v._Neff a reason to bear a grudge against the Supreme Court]], but that's beside the point.