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Society Marches On

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"Society Marches On" may refer to one of the following:

  • Dated History: Changes in how our past is understood makes some older works inaccurate.
  • Failed Future Forecast: A work set in the future makes a prediction that fails to come true.
  • Fair for Its Day: Something that might come across as obvious or even offensive today was considered progressive in its time.
  • Future Society, Present Values: A work set in the future has societal norms and values that are identical to when the work was written. Formerly named "Society Marches On".
  • Once Original, Now Common: A work that was seen as innovative and fresh is now seen as quaint because of its immense influence.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: An Audience Reaction in which a work has so many cultural trademarks of its era that it comes across as a deliberate exaggeration to modern viewers.
  • Values Dissonance: An element of a work is viewed as normal in its own culture/time period, but is considered questionable in another culture/time period.
  • Zeerust: Science-fiction aesthetics that were viewed as futuristic upon release end up dating the work to its era.

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