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Do Outdated Gadgets on TV Bother You?

Does It Bother You When Tech on TV Is Out of Date?

If you're a Lost fan, you know that though the series spans six seasons, the entire plot takes place (well, more or less) within the space of several months. Since the show started in 2004, any time a character appears with some kind of technology it obviously has to come from 2004. I forgot about this simple detail when watching last night, and for a split second was shocked to see Jack Shephard talking on a flip phone!

While this plot detail is super-important for a series so dependent on time as Lost is, tech is obviously all over TV. It's usually up-to-date, but there are a few times when an outdated gadget or gizmo shows up onscreen (answering machines, for example). It may be slightly tech-snob of me, but it actually does bother me a bit when there's a ton of outdated phones or other gadgets in modern-day shows or movies. I guess for me it's all about the details. What do you think?

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HeatherWhy HeatherWhy 6 years
Sometimes it bugs me when the technology is up to date because then it becomes an advertisement for things i.e. 24 and sprint.
Purrsnickety Purrsnickety 6 years
He's supposed to be back back in 2004 when the plane would have landed in LAX, which makes his flip phone up to date for that time.
Al-Pavangkanan Al-Pavangkanan 6 years
When LOST started doing flash forwards, one of the first clues was the Motorola KRZR Jack was using. The KRZR was a 2005 phone, letting you know it was the first flash forward and not a flash back.
syako syako 6 years
:rotfl: looks like I'm <b> so </b> 2004.
syako syako 6 years
:rotfl: looks like I'm so 2004.
KadBunny KadBunny 6 years
It would bother me if some top executive were using a flip phone or something, 'cause then it's like oh come on don't you have 300 bucks to blow on a fancy phone. But with characters like say Carrie Bradshaw, answering machines are acceptable. In fact I can't picture her without. :)
digitaltempest digitaltempest 6 years
Nah, it doesn't bother me. Like the poster above me said, it gives the show authenticity because not everyone is going to buy new gadgets. I know plenty of people who still use flip phones even in 2010. There are plenty of people who do still use these things, even if they seem outdated.
Lola-Di Lola-Di 6 years
I think it makes the show a little more authentic. not everyone is able to keep up with/afford the newest technology so it wouldn't be believable to have every single person in a show buying a new cell phone every week.
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