Thursday, April 15, 2010
Bell-Bottoms are Out
Going through a few more audio dramas and I'm dealing with a heavy case of "hipsteritise" or what I'm going to call "Bell-bottoms Dialog". Too many folks of the modern day persuasion fall into social media references and phrases that are instantly familiar to most podcast listeners.
These are geekisms and pop culture references that will be here today and eye-rolling tomorrow.
Don't in the name of heaven, fall into that trap unless you're purposefully epoxy-fitting your audio drama into a particular decade.
Like watching seventies cop shows with wide lapels, gaudy gold medalions, platform shoes and the like, these phrases and terms will be here today and painful to listen to tomorrow.
So if your dialog has:
"Don't go there" or "Oh-em-Gee!" or "He's such a Mary Sue" or any other such blog, tech, or pop related items- tear them out.
A rule of thumb is, if its a quarter of a decade old and it's been consistently popular, you're probably safe.
Maybe not even then.