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** The story of Superman's father [[IgnoredExpert Jor-El]], whether as Silver Age's tragic story of a utopia to [[Creator/JohnByrne Byrne's]] final days of a stagnant culture, is one of a scientist desperately trying to convince his peers about the impending destruction of their homeworld, only for his warnings to be dismissed by the ruling bodies of Krypton. With climate change becoming a serious threat to human civilization in the 21st century and many governments refusing to take action to mitigate its effects, the fate of Krypton serves as a cautionary tale about failing to take the warnings from the scientific community seriously.

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** The story of Superman's father [[IgnoredExpert Jor-El]], whether as it's the Silver Age's tragic story of a utopia to or [[Creator/JohnByrne Byrne's]] final days of a stagnant culture, is one of a scientist desperately trying to convince his peers about the impending destruction of their homeworld, only for his warnings to be dismissed by the ruling bodies of Krypton. With climate change becoming a serious threat to human civilization in the 21st century and many governments refusing to take action to mitigate its effects, the fate of Krypton serves as a cautionary tale about failing to take the warnings from the scientific community seriously.



* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Overlapping with HarsherInHindsight, the theme of police's relation with society became more relevant under controversy of PoliceBrutality and Police Shootings in the US. This is more pronounced in the "Democracy" storyline and other stories dealing with questioning the limits of the Judges' powers and the effectiveness of the Judge system.

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* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Overlapping with HarsherInHindsight, the theme of the police's relation relationship with society became more relevant under due to the controversy of PoliceBrutality and Police Shootings in the US. This is more pronounced in the "Democracy" storyline and other stories dealing with questioning the limits of the Judges' powers and the effectiveness of the Judge system.



* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' there is a common use of DeliberateValuesDissonance concerning Klara - a little girl the team saved from 1920s during a time travel story - still having some of the attitudes of her time. During their appearance in ''ComicBook/AvengersAcademy'' Klara questions if Tigra is a teacher or a sex worker and when rest of the team tries to excuse her on the basis of her being from the past, Chase snarkily points out Tigra's {{Stripperiffic}} outfit haven't exactly become more acceptable for a teacher to wear since 1920s.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' there is a common use of DeliberateValuesDissonance concerning Klara - -- a little girl the team saved from 1920s during a time travel story - -- still having some of the attitudes of her time. During their appearance in ''ComicBook/AvengersAcademy'' Klara questions if Tigra is a teacher or a sex worker and when rest of the team tries to excuse her on the basis of her being from the past, Chase snarkily points out Tigra's {{Stripperiffic}} outfit haven't hasn't exactly become more acceptable for a teacher to wear since the 1920s.



* In ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', upon hearing the mice's plan to take to the chat show circuit with the Ultimate Question, which is what the philosphers 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.

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* In ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', upon hearing the mice's plan to take to the chat show circuit with the Ultimate Question, which is what the philosphers philosophers did at the time the Ultimate Answer was revealed, he asked Arthur asks if anyone did does 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.

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* ''Film/TheWorldOfSuzieWong'' pulls no punches in challenging the racism of rich white expats in Hong Kong towards the Chinese locals, features the titular Suzie supporting Robert financially for a time and depicts an interracial relationship where the race is almost incidental. Suzie is an Asian female lead with depth, an arc and subverts a lot of [[AsianHookerStereotype offensive]] [[AsianBabymama Asian]] [[SatelliteLoveInterest tropes]] of the day. She's also able to be funny without being a punch line or a FlawlessToken.
* ''Film/ShanghaiExpress'' as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gtPieijRa8 shown here]] drops the anvil hard on SlutShaming by showing two female characters being empowered by their sexuality and depicting the characters who look down on them for it as pompous or in need of learning AnAesop. A religious man learns that prostitutes can have souls too. The women also save the day - Shanghai Lily by offering herself to Chang in exchange for Donald not being blinded (she turned down his previous offer, making it clear she has the power here) and Hui Fei by [[spoiler: stabbing Chang as revenge for raping her]]. Hui Fei is a prominent Asian lead, shown as intelligent and resourceful and played by an actual Asian actor.
* ''Film/TheCompanyOfWolves'' is a FeministFantasy of ''Red Riding Hood'', subverting the UnfortunateImplications of the original tale by having the heroine learn to be empowered by her sexuality, and become more than capable of standing up to a predator. Its statements about female sexuality have aged very well.


* The name and basis for Music/{{Devo}}[[note]] [[MeaningfulName short for de-evolution]] [[/note]] came from the group's beliefs that people were starting to regress and become dumber based on the dysfunction and herd-mentality of early 70's society. fast forward to today where people are addicted to social media, diagnosis' for mental handicaps are at an all time high, groups like the Flat Earth Society and anti-vaccine movement are gaining traction, and the American political system struggles to address the rise of terrorism, gun violence, and racial tension in society.

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* The name and basis for Music/{{Devo}}[[note]] [[MeaningfulName short for de-evolution]] [[/note]] came from the group's beliefs that people were starting to regress and become dumber based on the dysfunction and herd-mentality of early 70's society. fast Fast forward to today where people are addicted to social media, diagnosis' for mental handicaps are at an all time high, groups like the Flat Earth Society and anti-vaccine movement are gaining traction, and the American political system struggles to address the rise of terrorism, gun violence, and racial tension in society.



* Music/RedRider's 1981 single "Lunatic Fringe" was written as a response to the resurgence of antisemitism that had developed through the 1970s. With the rise of alt-right, nationalist and antisemitic fringe groups in TheNewTens, galvanized by increasingly
nationalistic right-wing political parties and culminating in the infamous 2017 "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unite_the_Right_rally Unite the Right]]" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the "lunatic fringe" is just as big a concern now as then.

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* Music/RedRider's 1981 single "Lunatic Fringe" was written as a response to the resurgence of antisemitism that had developed through the 1970s. With the rise of alt-right, nationalist and antisemitic fringe groups in TheNewTens, galvanized by increasingly
increasingly nationalistic right-wing political parties and culminating in the infamous 2017 "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unite_the_Right_rally Unite the Right]]" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the "lunatic fringe" is just as big a concern now as then.


* ''Film/SuckerPunch'''s themes of young women fighting back against sexual abuse and rebelling against a system that makes them feel powerless have become all the more relevant in the wake of the 2017 Hollywood sexual harassment scandals. Notable is how the movie does not demonize Blondie [[spoiler: for betraying the girls to Blue]] - portraying her entirely as a victim who did what she did out of legitimate fear.

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* ''Film/SuckerPunch'''s themes of young women fighting back against sexual abuse and rebelling against a system that makes them feel powerless have become all the more relevant in the wake of the 2017 Harvey Weinstein revelations and subsequent Hollywood sexual harassment scandals. Notable is how the movie does not demonize Blondie [[spoiler: for betraying the girls to Blue]] - portraying her entirely as a victim who did what she did out of legitimate fear.



* The 2017 LiveActionAdaptation of ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'', originally written in 1985, fell into this in the eyes of many critics. Much of the book's themes of sexism and religion creeping into politics seem just as relevant today as they did 30 years ago. Handmaids became a staple of left-wing protests nowadays, especially those dealing with women's rights.

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* The 2017 LiveActionAdaptation of ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'', originally written in 1985, fell into this in the eyes of many critics. Much of the book's themes of sexism and religion creeping into politics seem just as relevant today as they did 30 years ago. Handmaids became a staple of left-wing protests nowadays, especially those dealing with women's rights.rights (particularly abortion).



* Music/RedRider's 1981 single "Lunatic Fringe" was written as a response to the resurgence of antisemitism that had developed through the 1970s. With the rise of alt-right, nationalist and antisemitic fringe groups in TheNewTens, galvanized by the infamous 2017 "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unite_the_Right_rally Unite the Right]]" rally, the "lunatic fringe" is just as big a concern now as then.

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* Music/RedRider's 1981 single "Lunatic Fringe" was written as a response to the resurgence of antisemitism that had developed through the 1970s. With the rise of alt-right, nationalist and antisemitic fringe groups in TheNewTens, galvanized by increasingly
nationalistic right-wing political parties and culminating in
the infamous 2017 "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unite_the_Right_rally Unite the Right]]" rally, rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the "lunatic fringe" is just as big a concern now as then.



* ''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.

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* ''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 and heavily white 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.



* The ''VideoGame/{{Oddworld}}'' series has a heavy anti-corporate, pro-environment message with corporations being depicted as evil bastards who will do anything to make a profit including slavery and torturing their employees, and are polluting and destroying the environment of the world. With the rise of corporatism in America, corrupt business practices and sleazy laws favoring corporations over people, as well as Global Warming and pollution being a big issue now, the message of the games are more relevant than ever.

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* The ''VideoGame/{{Oddworld}}'' series has a heavy anti-corporate, pro-environment message with corporations being depicted as evil bastards who will do anything to make a profit including slavery and torturing their employees, and are polluting and destroying the environment of the world. With the rise of corporatism in America, corrupt business practices and sleazy laws favoring corporations over people, as well as Global Warming climate change and pollution being a big issue now, the message of the games are more relevant than ever.


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** "Hank After Dark" was an episode inspired by the Creator/BillCosby rape allegations, a critique about how powerful industries like Hollywood are rampant with sexual abuse, the fact that both industry insiders and the public are indifferent to such stories, and how revelations are often treated as isolated incidents rather than a larger cultural problem. Compare that with the [=#MeToo=]-era climate post-Harvey Weinstein, as the public took the issue far more seriously than they did after Cosby (although this sea change in public opinion was probably more a reaction to allegations against President Donald Trump than Weinstein).
** "Thoughts and Prayers" is an episode that criticized how the public has become so desensitized to mass shootings and politicians unwilling to take any preventative action are able to just move on once public anger, if any subsides. The episode was released about a month before the Las Vegas country music festival shooting that killed 58 people, and the use of the episode title in an ironic context skyrocketed since then. Sustained gun control activism following the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida indicates that the episode’s message is starting to hammer in harder than ever.


* ''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, back when neither ideology had much mainstream acceptance.

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* ''Film/MadchenInUniform'' was the first movie to have a pro-lesbian storyline (and the two girls females are explicitly in love). Not only that, but neither one dies (one attempts suicide, [[InterruptedSuicide but is stopped by her classmates]]) 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, back when neither ideology had much mainstream acceptance.


* ''Film/WarGames'' was released in 1983, when personal computers were still new, and networking them was a decade away. Even though the subject of nuclear war isn't as relevant as it was during the Cold War (and to be fair the dangers of all-out nuclear war are so well-worn the [[AnAesop relevant aesop]] pretty much enters CaptainObviousAesop territory), the dangers presented by computer security threats are even more pertinent to the present than they were in TheEighties now that EverythingIsOnline, and talk of cyber-warfare abounds, and many of the basic security mistakes featured (such as putting a list of passwords on a sheet of paper right next to the computer) are sadly still with us today, too.

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* ''Film/WarGames'' was released in 1983, when personal computers were still new, and networking them was a decade away. Even though the subject of nuclear war isn't as relevant as it was during the Cold War (and to be fair the dangers of all-out nuclear war are so well-worn the [[AnAesop relevant aesop]] pretty much enters CaptainObviousAesop territory), the dangers presented by computer security threats are even more pertinent to the present than they were in TheEighties now that EverythingIsOnline, and talk of cyber-warfare abounds, and many of the basic security mistakes featured (such as putting a list of passwords on a sheet of paper right next to the computer) are sadly still with us today, too.too[[note]]although the specific example of the list of passwords right next to the computer is something modern security thinking acknowledges can be the ''least'' bad option, as it allows you to have passwords that are fairly secure (random combinations of letters and words) without incentivising the people supposed to actually ''use'' the computer to write them down and carry it with them. If a hacker is physically next to the computer they have other options in any case.[[/note]].


*** 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, 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.]]

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*** 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 [[{{Bifauxnen}} Haruka's]] [[SchoolgirlLesbians relationship.]]
relationship]].
** [[TheOneGuy Mamoru]] helped them, but he also needed help and protection from Usagi and the girls. In fact, 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.]]concern]].



* 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".

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* In ''Manga/SailorMoon'''s prequel predecessor 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".



* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'''s [[http://benjaminzilla.tumblr.com/post/82628091096/accioharo-frozenviolets-zarabithia comic]] from 1982 became more relevant today, now that there is much more acceptance of LGBT people in society than at the time, 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]].

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* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'''s [[http://benjaminzilla.[[https://web.archive.org/web/20170528193834/http://benjaminzilla.tumblr.com/post/82628091096/accioharo-frozenviolets-zarabithia comic]] from 1982 became more relevant today, now that there is much more acceptance of LGBT people in society than at the time, 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]].



* ''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 funding's on anti-homosexual groups. ''X-Men'' in general also tend to be looked upon favorably by various Autism rights groups.

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* ''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 funding's on anti-homosexual groups. ''X-Men'' in general also tend to be looked upon favorably by various Autism autism rights groups.



* A Franchise/{{Superman}} [[http://i.imgur.com/2ZfDEko.jpg 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'':

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* A Franchise/{{Superman}} [[http://i.imgur.com/2ZfDEko.jpg 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'':Fifties'', coming from [[https://www.dccomics.com/blog/2017/08/25/superman-a-classic-message-restored a 1949 book cover]]:


* Transformers Super God Masterforce has two deeply relevant examples
** The indigenous peoples of Karin Island are depicted as completely ordinary, their culture and beliefs are not depected as inferior or freakish, and when one of the main characters unwittingly calls them savages, the show portrays said comment as a deeply offensive insult. This type of portrayal is rare even in Western media, where Indigenous nations still suffer from harmful stereotypes.

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* Transformers Super God Masterforce ''Anime/TransformersSuperGodMasterforce'' has two deeply relevant examples
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** The indigenous peoples of Karin Island are depicted as completely ordinary, their culture and beliefs are not depected depicted as inferior or freakish, and when one of the main characters unwittingly calls them savages, the show portrays said comment as a deeply offensive insult. This type of portrayal is rare even in Western media, where Indigenous nations still suffer from harmful stereotypes.



* 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 funding's on anti-homosexual groups. X-men in general also tend to be looked upon favorably by various Autism rights groups.

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* ComicBook/XMen 's ''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 funding's on anti-homosexual groups. X-men ''X-Men'' in general also tend to be looked upon favorably by various Autism rights groups.



* Comics published during UsefulNotes/{{The Golden Age|Of Comic Books}} have a well-deserved reputation for being ''really'' racist by modern standards, but there's a heartwarming aversion in an old Christmas issue of ''Comicbook/GreenLantern''. Alan's friend Doiby is shot, and the only surgeon in the city who can save him can't do so because the hospital doesn't allow Jewish doctors. Alan discovers that the man who convinced the hospital to have such racist and antisemitic rules is a racketeer who has been convincing institutions across the city to enact similar codes as part of a money-making scheme. When Alan catches the racketeer, he angrily tells him that he's perverted the concept of patriotism and used it as an excuse for racism, all so he could line his pockets. To drive this home, he then reveals that the men who helped him track down the crook were Mike Reilly (an Irishman), Abraham Lincoln Jackson (a black man), Wun Lee (a Chinese man) and Sammy Cohen (a Jew), feeding into Alan's point about America being a land for ''everyone'', not just white Christians. The issue ends with a very strong indictment of those who hold bigoted views, and keep in mind, this was all published in '''1944'''.

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* Comics published during UsefulNotes/{{The Golden Age|Of Age|of Comic Books}} have a well-deserved reputation for being ''really'' racist by modern standards, but there's a heartwarming aversion in an old Christmas issue of ''Comicbook/GreenLantern''.''ComicBook/GreenLantern''. Alan's friend Doiby is shot, and the only surgeon in the city who can save him can't do so because the hospital doesn't allow Jewish doctors. Alan discovers that the man who convinced the hospital to have such racist and antisemitic rules is a racketeer who has been convincing institutions across the city to enact similar codes as part of a money-making scheme. When Alan catches the racketeer, he angrily tells him that he's perverted the concept of patriotism and used it as an excuse for racism, all so he could line his pockets. To drive this home, he then reveals that the men who helped him track down the crook were Mike Reilly (an Irishman), Abraham Lincoln Jackson (a black man), Wun Lee (a Chinese man) and Sammy Cohen (a Jew), feeding into Alan's point about America being a land for ''everyone'', not just white Christians. The issue ends with a very strong indictment of those who hold bigoted views, and keep in mind, this was all published in '''1944'''.



* ''Film/{{Heathers}}''' is a particularly chilling example of this, as teen bullying, mass shootings, and suicide have only gained more prominence since the late 1980s. When the film first came out, it CrossesTheLineTwice because of course it was absurd that white, middle-class teenagers would want to slaughter their classmates. Now, however, it just crosses the line, to the point that a TV show based on the movie was repeatedly delayed and eventually dropped entirely. With two of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history happening within three months of each other in 2018, and these types of tragedies happening practically every week, it's ''always'' TooSoon.

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* ''Film/{{Heathers}}''' ''Film/{{Heathers}}'' is a particularly chilling example of this, as teen bullying, mass shootings, and suicide have only gained more prominence since the late 1980s. When the film first came out, it CrossesTheLineTwice because of course it was absurd that white, middle-class teenagers would want to slaughter their classmates. Now, however, it just crosses the line, to the point that a TV show based on the movie was repeatedly delayed and eventually dropped entirely. With two of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history happening within three months of each other in 2018, and these types of tragedies happening practically every week, it's ''always'' TooSoon.

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* One reason the ''Franchise/StarWars'' Prequel Trilogy films, ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', and ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' were VindicatedByHistory during TheNewTens was that by that time, the trilogy's themes of the decline of democracy and the toxic influence of wealth in politics had become more relevant than before. When ''The Phantom Menace'' was released in 1999, people thought a trade war started by a Trade Federation was [[SillyReasonForWar preposterous]], but with subsequent events like the "Citizens United" Supreme Court case, which ruled that "corporations are people" and equated money with free speech, and [[TheWarOnTerror the War in Iraq]] suspected of being driven by the desires of obtaining Iraq's oil supply, it didn't seem so outrageous anymore.


->''"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 of 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''."''

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->''"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 of its own--for 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''."''



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.

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But while this is 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.


->''"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''."''

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->''"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 of 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''."''

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* Music/TheReplacements' song Androgynous came out in 1984, and with the defiance of gender roles becoming more mainstream in Main/TheNewTens, the rise in people identifying as non-binary, and the subsequent backlash, the song's simple message of love and sympathy to those not conforming to conventional gender roles is more relevant today than it was even at the time.


** ''[[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]]

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** ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation's]]'' "The Drumhead" "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E21TheDrumhead}} The Drumhead]]" and ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine's]]'' "Homefront" "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS04E11Homefront}} Homefront]]" and "Paradise Lost" "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS04E12ParadiseLost}} 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]]



** The ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' episode "Critical Care" -- in which the Doctor is forced to try to ethically navigate an alien [[CrapsackWorld crapsack hospital]] where treatment is given based on the wealth of the patient, not medical need -- would be an on-the-nose commentary about US healthcare if it aired ''today''.
** Also from ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'', in the episode "Blood Fever" Tom Paris refuses the advances of a Pon Farr suffering B'Elanna Torres because she isn't in a state of mind to properly give consent. This has resonated with a lot of viewers with the increased publicity of various sexual assault scandals and the growing awareness of when a person cannot consent to sex.

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** The ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' episode "Critical Care" "[[{{Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS7E5CriticalCare}} Critical Care]]" -- in which the Doctor is forced to try to ethically navigate an alien [[CrapsackWorld crapsack hospital]] where treatment is given based on the wealth of the patient, not medical need -- would be an on-the-nose commentary about US healthcare if it aired ''today''.
** Also from ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'', in the episode "Blood Fever" "[[{{Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS3E15BloodFever}} Blood Fever]]" Tom Paris refuses the advances of a Pon Farr suffering B'Elanna Torres because she isn't in a state of mind to properly give consent. This has resonated with a lot of viewers with the increased publicity of various sexual assault scandals and the growing awareness of when a person cannot consent to sex.



* One of the key motivations behind Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss' revamping of Franchise/SherlockHolmes when creating ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' was their realization that Dr. Watson's backstory as a wounded and invalided veteran of a British military campaign in UsefulNotes/{{Afghanistan}} was, in light of the WarOnTerror, 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.

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* One of the key motivations behind Steven Moffat Creator/StevenMoffat and Mark Gatiss' Creator/MarkGatiss' revamping of Franchise/SherlockHolmes when creating ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' was their realization that Dr. Watson's backstory as a wounded and invalided veteran of a British military campaign in UsefulNotes/{{Afghanistan}} was, in light of the WarOnTerror, 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.



** "The Curse of Peladon" was an allegorical story about Britain's relationship with the European Economic Community, and all the xenophobia and genuine wariness such a thing entailed. It gained relevance again in 2016 when the Brexit referendum happened.
** "Carnival of Monsters", which involves a couple of carnies stuck in a nightmarish airport security line due to xenophobia, and ending up scapegoated as terrorists in a political coup, works a lot better in the post-WarOnTerror era of zealous airport security and refugees being blamed for terrorist attacks.
** "The Deadly Assassin" follows all the major post-Brexit satire tropes: A tired old political establishment that does no good for anyone, and a slick politician whose only intention is personal career advancement handing the capacity to break it to a racist zombie obsessed with returning to a long-gone golden age that exists only in its imagination. The Doctor observes that to follow the zombie's plan would ultimately just destroy him and his world, but he's accused of lying. There's no way this was intentional considering the episode's release in 1976; the actual ''Who'' Brexit allegory story (the Monks trilogy) is somewhat less on-the-nose.
** The 1978 story "The Sunmakers" combines this with BrokenAesop. In 1978 it was a right-wing allegory about how taxation is evil, but in the late 00s and 10s, it's a left-wing Occupy allegory about how forcing the tax burden on the poor to benefit big corporations is evil. Complete with a gas that makes everyone afraid being pumped into everyone's houses - an allegory for news media, which has become much more omnipresent and sensationalist since 1978.
** "Vengeance on Varos", despite being made in 1985, could easily be seen as parody of certain modern RealityTV shows, seeing as Varosian society (with televised BreadAndCircuses entertainment and viewers voting if people live or die) almost seems to resemble ''Series/BigBrother'' or ''Series/TheXFactor'' meets ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''.

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** "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E2TheCurseOfPeladon The Curse of Peladon" Peladon]]" was an allegorical story about Britain's relationship with the European Economic Community, and all the xenophobia and genuine wariness such a thing entailed. It gained relevance again in 2016 when the Brexit referendum happened.
** "Carnival "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E2CarnivalOfMonsters Carnival of Monsters", Monsters]]", which involves a couple of carnies stuck in a nightmarish airport security line due to xenophobia, and ending up scapegoated as terrorists in a political coup, works a lot better in the post-WarOnTerror era of zealous airport security and refugees being blamed for terrorist attacks.
** "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin The Deadly Assassin" Assassin]]" follows all the major post-Brexit satire tropes: A tired old political establishment that does no good for anyone, and a slick politician whose only intention is personal career advancement handing the capacity to break it to a racist zombie obsessed with returning to a long-gone golden age that exists only in its imagination. The Doctor observes that to follow the zombie's plan would ultimately just destroy him and his world, but he's accused of lying. There's no way this was intentional considering the episode's release in 1976; the actual ''Who'' Brexit allegory story (the Monks trilogy) is somewhat less on-the-nose.
** The 1978 story "The Sunmakers" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E4TheSunmakers The Sunmakers]]" combines this with BrokenAesop. In 1978 it was a right-wing allegory about how taxation is evil, but in the late 00s and 10s, it's a left-wing Occupy allegory about how forcing the tax burden on the poor to benefit big corporations is evil. Complete with a gas that makes everyone afraid being pumped into everyone's houses - an allegory for news media, which has become much more omnipresent and sensationalist since 1978.
** "Vengeance "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E2VengeanceOnVaros Vengeance on Varos", Varos]]", despite being made in 1985, could easily be seen as parody of certain modern RealityTV shows, seeing as Varosian society (with televised BreadAndCircuses entertainment and viewers voting if people live or die) almost seems to resemble ''Series/BigBrother'' or ''Series/TheXFactor'' meets ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''.


* Similarly, there's the short poem ''There Will Come Soft Rains'' by Sara Teasdale which considering its topic of humanity's self-destruction through apocalyptic war and its Gaia-theory-like environmental sensibilities seems like it could have been written in the 1980s or later. In fact, it was published in ''1918'' - 25 years before the invention of the nuclear bomb.[[note]]Much later, Creator/RayBradbury based a short story on the poem; and recently it was quoted in VideoGame/Fallout3.[[/note]]

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* Similarly, there's the short poem ''There Will Come Soft Rains'' by Sara Teasdale which considering its topic of humanity's self-destruction through apocalyptic war and its Gaia-theory-like environmental sensibilities seems like it could have been written in the 1980s or later. In fact, it was published in ''1918'' - 25 years before the invention of the nuclear bomb.[[note]]Much later, Creator/RayBradbury based a short story on the poem; and recently it was quoted in VideoGame/Fallout3.''VideoGame/Fallout3''.[[/note]]



** 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.

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** The famous ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Let "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E15LetThatBeYourLastBattlefield}} Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" 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.



** 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.

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** The theme of TOS's "A "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E23ATasteOfArmageddon}} A Taste of Armageddon", 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 "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E25TheDevilInTheDark}} The Devil in the Dark" Dark]]" has always aged beautifully with a GreenAesop theme that gradually becomes obvious in a natural way.
** "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E23TheOmegaGlory}} The Omega Glory" 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.



** The TNG two-part episode "Unification" has Spock traveling to Romulus and helping a youth movement trying to restore peaceful ties between the Romulans and Vulcans. Nowadays, it isn't hard to compare Spock with politicians like Bernie Sanders in the US or Jeremy Corbyn in the UK, or for that matter progressive Trek actors like George Takei, as elder statesmen who strike a chord with younger activists hoping to make their world better. Spock's last lines to Picard still resonate thanks to the populist wave of TheNewTens.

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** The TNG two-part episode "Unification" has Spock traveling to Romulus and helping a youth movement trying to restore peaceful ties between the Romulans and Vulcans. Nowadays, it isn't hard to compare Spock with politicians like Bernie Sanders in the US or Jeremy Corbyn in the UK, or for that matter progressive Trek actors like George Takei, Creator/GeorgeTakei, as elder statesmen who strike a chord with younger activists hoping to make their world better. Spock's last lines to Picard still resonate thanks to the populist wave of TheNewTens.

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** Nonetheless, the Magna Carta is of great significance because it stated that the King, rather than being an absolute monarch, was *also* subject to the law.

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