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* ''Series/YTheLastMan'': Given how transgender people have become more prominent since the comics' introduction, the producers have to make it clear that trans people with a Y chromosome also died in the plague while adding an [[CanonForeigner original trans man character]] to the show. It's also specifically noted that "the last man" only refers to cis men-many trans men are still around (including the aforementioned one, Sam).


* A controversial change to the Ride/PiratesOfTheCaribbean ride was the replacement of the misogynistic traits such as pirates chasing women and the auction scene. X Atencio, one of the original designers of the ride, once pointed out that the ride was called "''Pirates'' of the Caribbean", not "''Boy Scouts'' of the Caribbean".


For writers, it's often a NecessaryWeasel: it's a lot easier to [[WriteWhatYouKnow observe the society you have]] than to predict which way it's going to go. Consequently the work is likely to be better written and better received than a work which assumes the future will be foreign and puts in the appropriate amount of alien world-building. After all, who in 2420 will be reading this anyway? (Presumably, the same sort of people who read books from 1620 now...)

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For writers, it's often a NecessaryWeasel: it's a lot easier to [[WriteWhatYouKnow observe the society you have]] than to predict which way it's going to go. Consequently the work is likely to be better written and better received appeal to a wider audience than a work which assumes the future will be foreign and puts in the appropriate amount of alien world-building. After all, who in 2420 will be reading this anyway? (Presumably, the same sort of people who read books from 1620 now...)


** Although generally totalitarian regimes are (rightly) feared even today, since Orwell's death and the downfall of several regimes that inspired Orwell's writing, we have gleaned some understanding into the inner-working ([[FascistButInefficient or lack thereof]]) of these governments. In particular, O'Brien's bold proclamation that the system is going to stand forever sounds laughably arrogant, though given the appendix at the end he may have been intended to come across that way anyway.

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** Although generally totalitarian regimes are (rightly) feared even today, since Orwell's death and the downfall of several regimes that inspired Orwell's writing, we have gleaned some understanding into the inner-working internal mechanics ([[FascistButInefficient or lack thereof]]) of these governments. In particular, O'Brien's bold proclamation that the system is going to stand forever sounds laughably arrogant, though given the appendix at the end that refers to their society in the past tense he may have been intended to come across that way anyway.anyway (it possibly mocks the Nazi regime's goal of a "thousand year Reich", while they only managed twelve).



** The idea that a ForeverWar, especially one that was constantly and literally hitting close to home, was a good way to maintain public support should've been discredited after World War I, and is even more laughable in the U.S. due to the Vietnam War and Iraq. It makes sense in Orwell's model where the people of the Soviet Union backed Stalin and his regime as a bulwark against Nazism, as did the Western Communists who Orwell saw as his real target, but of course in that situation Stalin didn't have to make up any fake war, since [[CaptainObvious the Nazis really did invade the USSR and with unspeakable horrifying brutality moreover]].

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** The idea that a ForeverWar, especially one that was constantly and literally hitting close to home, was a good way to maintain public support should've been discredited after World War I, and is even more laughable in the U.S. due to the Vietnam War and Iraq. It makes sense in Orwell's model where the people of the Soviet Union backed Stalin and his regime as a bulwark against Nazism, as did the Western Communists who Orwell saw as his real target, but of course in that situation Stalin didn't have to make up any fake war, since [[CaptainObvious the Nazis really did invade the USSR USSR, and with unspeakable horrifying brutality moreover]].


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* ''Literature/ThePower'': The segment of the story set in Saudi Arabia mentions that women there aren't even allowed to drive. This law was repealed in 2017, a year after the book came out

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* ''WesternAnimation/PBAndJOtter'': Once the library closes in Lake Hoohaw, you're done if you need to return a book on the date it's due and can't make it there. The best you can do is to go there the next day and pay a late fee (or worse, work to pay off the fee). In real life, libraries now recognize that some people cannot make it during their hours of operation and have book drops for people who can only make it to the library after it closes. Many libraries no longer charge late fees, instead offering alternatives to encourage patrons to return their books when they're due.


** The idea is that they have a multi-racial crew because different races are good at different things. White Terrestrials are good at engines, Black Terrestrials don't suffer space sickness, Martians can work in low pressure environments and concentrate on multiple tasks simultaneously, the android Jay Score can handle extreme conditions. The theme of the book is that [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped by working together, all these diverse races can handle any crisis]]. Consider that this book was published in 1955 when HumansAreWhite was the more common trope. Where it still falls into this trope is that the crew is entirely male.

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** The idea is that they have a multi-racial crew because different races are good at different things. White Terrestrials are good at engines, Black Terrestrials don't suffer space sickness, Martians can work in low pressure environments and concentrate on multiple tasks simultaneously, the android Jay Score can handle extreme conditions. The theme of the book is that [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped by working together, all these diverse races can handle any crisis]].crisis. Consider that this book was published in 1955 when HumansAreWhite was the more common trope. Where it still falls into this trope is that the crew is entirely male.


* ''Film/AustinPowers'':
** Played for laughs in the first film, where the [[FishOutOfTemporalWater recently-defrosted]] Dr. Evil's proposed evil schemes (making a hole in the ozone layer and destroying Prince Charles and Lady Diana's marriage) are things that have already happened by the time of the film (1997). Frustrated, he decides to just fall back on the classic "Hijack nuclear weapons and hold the world for hostage" plan.

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** Played for laughs in the first film, where when the [[FishOutOfTemporalWater recently-defrosted]] Dr. Evil's proposed evil schemes (making a hole in the ozone layer and destroying Prince Charles and Lady Diana's marriage) are things that have already happened by the time of the film (1997). Frustrated, he decides to just fall back on the classic "Hijack nuclear weapons and hold the world for hostage" plan.


** This effort of TTRPG in general to engage with a more diverse community seems to be working and the games now attract a much wider variety of players from various backgrounds, orientations, genders and much more racial diversity.

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** This effort of TTRPG in general to engage with a more diverse community seems to be working and the games now attract a much wider variety of players from various backgrounds, orientations, genders and much more racial diversity.


** In the episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E5TheEnemyWithin}} The Enemy Within]]", evil!Kirk tries to rape Yeoman Rand. She later recounts the incident for good!Kirk, Spock and [=McCoy=], displaying a very '60s attitude about it ("I don't want to get you into trouble. I wouldn't even have mentioned it.") ''while being in tears''. And this is while she is unaware that there are two Kirks running around!

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** In the episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E5TheEnemyWithin}} "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E5TheEnemyWithin The Enemy Within]]", evil!Kirk tries to rape Yeoman Rand. She later recounts the incident for good!Kirk, Spock and [=McCoy=], displaying a very '60s attitude about it ("I don't want to get you into trouble. I wouldn't even have mentioned it.") ''while being in tears''. And this is while she is unaware that there are two Kirks running around!



** "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E10PlatosStepchildren}} Plato's Stepchildren]]" is credited as having the very first (obvious, anyway) interracial kiss on US television. According to some accounts, it very, very nearly fell prey to those meddlesome executives, and was finally only allowed through when it was demonstrated that neither party involved really ''wanted'' to do it, but were being forced by alien mind control. The studio was horribly afraid they were going to be inundated with hate mail, that the country would be in an uproar over such an act and simply couldn't accept it; they got a ton of letters alright, with a distinct ''majority'' praising the scene. Creator/NichelleNichols even recounts reading a letter from a Southern man, who was "totally against the mixing of the races. However, any time a red-blooded American boy like Captain Kirk gets a beautiful dame in his arms that looks like Uhura, he ain't gonna fight it." Now THAT'S progress.

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** "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E10PlatosStepchildren}} "[[Recap/StarTrekS3E10PlatosStepchildren Plato's Stepchildren]]" is credited as having the very first (obvious, anyway) interracial kiss on US television. According to some accounts, it very, very nearly fell prey to those meddlesome executives, and was finally only allowed through when it was demonstrated that neither party involved really ''wanted'' to do it, but were being forced by alien mind control. The studio was horribly afraid they were going to be inundated with hate mail, that the country would be in an uproar over such an act and simply couldn't accept it; they got a ton of letters alright, with a distinct ''majority'' praising the scene. Creator/NichelleNichols even recounts reading a letter from a Southern man, who was "totally against the mixing of the races. However, any time a red-blooded American boy like Captain Kirk gets a beautiful dame in his arms that looks like Uhura, he ain't gonna fight it." Now THAT'S progress.



** The animated series (made only a few years after TOS) had an episode featuring Uhura in command after the male crew members of the ''Enterprise'' are incapacitated. A SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome for early Star Trek in general and Uhura in particular!
** In "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E2WhoMournsForAdonais}} Who Mourns for Adonais?]]" it appears that Scotty will soon be marrying a female crew member, causing Kirk and [=McCoy=] to lament the loss of such a skilled crewman, because she'll be giving up her job once she ties the knot. Oddly enough, this comes a season after "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E14BalanceOfTerror}} Balance of Terror]]" featured a marriage between two crew members where this attitude was completely absent.[[note]]Although as the two crew members worked in the same department - Phaser Control - and she worked directly underneath him, it ''was'' implied that this state of affairs couldn't continue after they were married, which is standard practice in many firms even today. And the episode doesn't suggest she would be leaving Starfleet altogether.[[/note]]

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** The animated series ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' (made only a few years after TOS) had an episode featuring Uhura in command after the male crew members of the ''Enterprise'' are incapacitated. A SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome for early Star Trek ''Franchise/StarTrek'' in general and Uhura in particular!
** In "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E2WhoMournsForAdonais}} "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E2WhoMournsForAdonais Who Mourns for Adonais?]]" it appears that Scotty will soon be marrying a female crew member, causing Kirk and [=McCoy=] to lament the loss of such a skilled crewman, because she'll be giving up her job once she ties the knot. Oddly enough, this comes a season after "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E14BalanceOfTerror}} "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E14BalanceOfTerror Balance of Terror]]" featured a marriage between two crew members where this attitude was completely absent.[[note]]Although as the two crew members worked in the same department - Phaser Control - and she worked directly underneath him, it ''was'' implied that this state of affairs couldn't continue after they were married, which is standard practice in many firms even today. And the episode doesn't suggest she would be leaving Starfleet altogether.[[/note]]


-->--'''{{Creator/Seanbaby}}''' on re-uploading an article from ten years earlier ([[http://1900hotdog.com/2020/07/punching-day-my-lifes-fight/ about fake martial artists]]).

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-->--'''{{Creator/Seanbaby}}''' -->-- '''Creator/{{Seanbaby}}''' on re-uploading an article from ten years earlier ([[http://1900hotdog.com/2020/07/punching-day-my-lifes-fight/ about fake martial artists]]).



* ''Manga/Area88'', originally a 1979 manga, then a mid 80s OAV, and finally a 2004 TV series, which are all clearly set in the year the original manga was made (or at least, that is when the story begins). The premise has dated and is completely implausible now. The information age, the fall of Communism, the end of the Cold War, and the current political climate in general, have made the idea of a small Middle Eastern country like Asran(Aslan) refusing to export its oil for profit very improbable. There are now more ways than ever for foreign capitalists (or countries) to manipulate a small North African country and get their heads of state to see things a different way. A protracted war would be completely unnecessary. Also, the idea of the Foreign Legion as a place for people to disappear, no questions asked, was dated even when the story was originally written. Today, they are not only more selective and do background checks, but you also have to prove your competency before the contract is even offered. So the idea of tricking a drunk person into signing up for the FL is completely ludicrous. Also, today, it wouldn't take much effort for Ryoko to immediately find out why Shin vanished (also, Shin could easily contact her by e-mail), thus exposing Kanzaki's sinister schemes. Finally, the idea of a mercenary air force being a quicker and less expensive alternative to training and maintaining one's own air force is no longer that relevant since air to air combat is now borderline obsolete. Besides, drone aircraft are even cheaper than merc pilots and a country could train its own operators quite inexpensively. Today, the war would be fought within the country, on the ground, and would look to outsiders as just another grassroots terrorist insurgency movement.

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* ''Manga/Area88'', originally a 1979 manga, then a mid 80s OAV, and finally a 2004 TV series, which are all clearly set in the year the original manga was made (or at least, that is when the story begins). The premise has dated and is completely implausible now. The information age, the fall of Communism, the end of the Cold War, and the current political climate in general, have made the idea of a small Middle Eastern country like Asran(Aslan) Asran (Aslan) refusing to export its oil for profit very improbable. There are now more ways than ever for foreign capitalists (or countries) to manipulate a small North African country and get their heads of state to see things a different way. A protracted war would be completely unnecessary. Also, the idea of the Foreign Legion as a place for people to disappear, no questions asked, was dated even when the story was originally written. Today, they are not only more selective and do background checks, but you also have to prove your competency before the contract is even offered. So the idea of tricking a drunk person into signing up for the FL is completely ludicrous. Also, today, it wouldn't take much effort for Ryoko to immediately find out why Shin vanished (also, Shin could easily contact her by e-mail), thus exposing Kanzaki's sinister schemes. Finally, the idea of a mercenary air force being a quicker and less expensive alternative to training and maintaining one's own air force is no longer that relevant since air to air combat is now borderline obsolete. Besides, drone aircraft are even cheaper than merc pilots and a country could train its own operators quite inexpensively. Today, the war would be fought within the country, on the ground, and would look to outsiders as just another grassroots terrorist insurgency movement.


* ''Series/ItsALiving'': In the episode "Gender Gap," Sonny dates a {{Transgender}} woman (ironically one of Nancy's ex's). The main characters all express revulsion at the concept. While in the 21st century, individual opinions might or or might not have changed, a transgender person would no longer be the subject of ridicule on prime time television.

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* ''Series/ItsALiving'': In the episode "Gender Gap," Sonny dates a {{Transgender}} UsefulNotes/{{Transgender}} woman (ironically one of Nancy's ex's). The main characters all express revulsion at the concept. While in the 21st century, individual opinions might or or might not have changed, a transgender person would no longer be the subject of ridicule on prime time television.


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** On another note, the franchise's depiction of Earth as a OneWorldOrder is becoming less and less likely given both deteriorating/fluctuating international and [[BalkanizeMe intranational]] relations, as well as the renewed focus ([[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment for good or ill]]) on racial and/or ethnic identity in the developed world. Many on both the political left and right today would balk (for very different reasons) at the sheer amount of cultural erasure needed to make such an arrangement even remotely feasible. This was something even the writers themselves could see was problematic as early as ''TNG'', with the Borg being partly written as a grim parody of the Federation's assimilationist values taken to their logical conclusion.

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** On another note, the franchise's depiction of Earth as a OneWorldOrder is becoming less and less likely given both deteriorating/fluctuating international and [[BalkanizeMe intranational]] relations, as well as the renewed focus ([[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment for good or ill]]) on racial and/or ethnic identity in the developed world. Many on both the political left and right today would balk (for very different reasons) at the sheer amount of cultural erasure needed to make such an arrangement even remotely feasible. This was something even the writers themselves could see was problematic as early as ''TNG'', with the Borg being partly written as a grim parody of the Federation's assimilationist values taken to their logical conclusion.


* Books like ''Literature/MakeRoomMakeRoom'' and ''Literature/LogansRun'' used the concern over overpopulation at the time as fodder for {{dystopia}}n horror, as a future society is portrayed as facing extinction or resorting to draconian measures against it). While concern exists, it's slightly odd now that contraception is almost never even ''mentioned'' in books like this, let alone abortion-probably because both were very controversial (and also illegal) in much of the West at the time. Obviously there's still opposition to them, but they become common enough that in the West, ''under''population is a concern in some countries rather than overpopulation and make these look very odd to a modern reader. Even the notorious One-Child Policy of China stopped mostly in fear that they had gone too far, and the country faced a demographic crisis. Of course, this is not the only factor in lower population, but it's definitely there.

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* Books like ''Literature/MakeRoomMakeRoom'' and ''Literature/LogansRun'' used the concern over overpopulation at the time as fodder for {{dystopia}}n horror, as a future society is portrayed as facing extinction or resorting to draconian measures against it). While concern exists, it's slightly odd now that contraception is almost never even ''mentioned'' in books like this, let alone abortion-probably because both were very controversial (and also illegal) in much of the West at the time. Obviously there's still opposition to them, but they become became common enough that in the West, ''under''population is a concern in some countries rather than overpopulation and make these look very odd to a modern reader. Even the notorious One-Child Policy of China stopped mostly in fear that they had gone too far, and the country faced a demographic crisis. Of course, this is not the only factor in lower population, but it's definitely there.



* The 16th century comedy ''Morosophus'' by Dutch playwright Wilhelm Gnapheus stars a KnowNothingKnowItAll {{Astrologer}} who is rumoured to have a large book sitting around in his house collecting dust. It was intended on an attack on Gnapheus' contemporary Nicholas Copernicus,[[note]]This was because Copernicus remained a staunch Catholic while virtually everyone else around him (including Gnepheus) became Protestants during the Reformation, not because of his scientific views.[[/note]] who indeed had a large book sitting around in his house. Shortly before Copernicus' death, that book was published under the title [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_revolutionibus_orbium_coelestium On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres]], the first great work on Heliocentrism. Today, Copernicus is remembered as a genius and one of the fathers of modern astronomy because of that work.

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* The 16th century comedy ''Morosophus'' by Dutch playwright Wilhelm Gnapheus stars a KnowNothingKnowItAll {{Astrologer}} who is rumoured rumored to have a large book sitting around in his house collecting dust. It was intended on an attack on Gnapheus' contemporary Nicholas Copernicus,[[note]]This was because Copernicus remained a staunch Catholic while virtually everyone else around him (including Gnepheus) became Protestants during the Reformation, not because of his scientific views.[[/note]] who indeed had a large book sitting around in his house. Shortly before Copernicus' death, that book was published under the title [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_revolutionibus_orbium_coelestium On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres]], the first great work on Heliocentrism. Today, Copernicus is remembered as a genius and one of the fathers of modern astronomy because of that work.

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