Originally Posted by Itsnotatumor
We do this same sort of thing in the real world. Horse and other animal based transportation is still in use both in cultures where they haven't adapted to new technologies or they can't because they're poor, and in developed nations where people do it as a choice and for recreation, and I don't know if you're into Beethoven or Motzart but I am and most of their music is over 200 years old. So while it might stick out like a sore thumb in JJ Trek, the concept of people using "antique" transport or listening to "classical" music is not only believable but I'm absolutely certain people will do that in the future.
What I think is weird is that some people somehow have this idea that people aren't going to be listen to the Beastie Boys in 200 years.
OK - I'm having fun with this argument. Look - I have no problem at all if you argued that people are still using motorcycles as transportation in 150 years, I am just saying it wouldn't be on a starship - but we'll drop this one for now.
I want to argue the music point for a bit. You are correct in assuming that some "modern" music (and Sabotage is 22 years old, while Fight The Power is 26) will still be listened to in 150 years. However, what tends to happen is that the cream of the crop floats to the top. You and I and everyone hear Mozart and Beethoven all the time. However, they have dozens if not hundreds of composers of that era that you and I have NEVER heard of. And I am sure there are records out there of these other composers music, but they did not stay in popular culture.
And this typically starts to happen about two generations after the generation that music came out for originally - so typically any music from more than about 60 years ago starts to fade from collective memory.
Let's look at the #1 songs of 1955:
January 22, 1955 Joan Weber "Let Me Go, Lover!" 2
February 5, 1955 The Fontane Sisters "Hearts Of Stone" 1
February 12, 1955 The McGuire Sisters "Sincerely" 6
March 26, 1955 Bill Hayes "The Ballad Of Davy Crockett" 5
April 30, 1955 Pérez Prado "Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White"♪ (1955) 10
July 9, 1955 Bill Haley & His Comets "(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock" 8
September 3, 1955 Mitch Miller "The Yellow Rose of Texas" 6
October 15, 1955 The Four Aces "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing” 2
October 29, 1955 Roger Williams "Autumn Leaves” 4
November 26, 1955 Tennessee Ernie "Sixteen Tons" 7
Personally - I am aware of the existence of 4 of these 10 songs. My mom probably knows all of them (she was 15 at that time). My 13 year old daughter knows ZERO of them. (Well, she knows Davy Crockett cause I'm a Disney nut.)
It is extremely unlikely the of the songs that will be remembered from the 1990s, Sabotage will be one of them. Let's face the facts - the reason that music was used in that movie was nothing to do with "connecting to reality" but was all about "Wow, Guardians of the Galaxy was really popular - and they used old pop songs! Let's use old rap songs! We already have the rights to Sabotage from ST09!"