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"We're Still Relevant, Dammit!" may refer to one of the following:

  • Audience-Alienating Era: An artist or franchise has a downturn in popularity and/or reception thanks to a drastic change in direction. Sometimes this is marked by changes made for the sake of being "hip" and "modern".
  • Comic-Book Time: When the characters in a work do not age, even as the period the work is set in changes.
  • Fad Super: A show or a character exists only to reference a current fad, becoming outdated later on.
  • Follow the Leader: Other creators or companies try to imitate a breakthrough work or innovation.
  • Issue Drift: A previously apolitical work starts including (usually topical) political commentary.
  • Long-Runner Tech Marches On: Technology in a series is updated to the current state, even if the time passed in-universe is way less than the real life one.
  • Production Lead Time: When the long time period between production and release leads to outdatedness or other problems.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: A plot is taken directly from or heavily inspired by current events.
  • Technology Marches On: Using technology in a work is always a gamble, as there is a chance it will become dated after the work's release.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Some changes are not always welcome by the fanbase, especially if that fanbase refuses to be open-minded.
  • Totally Radical: When outdated and/or misused slang is used in a work in an attempt to appeal to young viewers.
  • Two Decades Behind: A show treats a long gone trend or fashion from when the writers were young as if it's still the big hit with modern youth, creating anachronisms in the process.
  • 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.

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