A few fads I found myself involved with were Texas Hold’em, energy drinks, emo, high top sneakers, and the “Kick a Ginger Day” fad.
Texas Hold’em is a poker game where you are dealt 2 cards and then there are 5 cards on the flop. You make the best hand you can using five of the cards. This fad started around 2005 and quickly gained popularity. There were tournaments broadcast live on channels such as ESPN. Players came for prize money of up to millions of dollars. It also lead to the trend of online poker.
Energy drinks like Redbull have been around since the 90’s. In the early 2000’s many more companies sprung up such as Lost Energy, Monster, and NOS. Me and my friends bought these to bring to parties and easily drank 3 or 4 a day. Today however the trend is dying out as people are realizing the potential health risks involved with consuming these.
Emo is a form of music that is short for emotional. It is generally characterized with whiny vocals and lyrics about girls. It came from the post hardcore era from the 80’s with bands like Joy and Rites of Spring. The fashion was bangs that covered your eyes and generally dyed dark, with dark clothing and boys wearing girls jeans. This fad has lead to other fads and possible trends such as hardcore emo, and scream.
High top sneakers like Air Jordans were very popular in the 80’s. This is an example of a fad making its way back. Today you have brands like Air Jordans again, and skate shoe companies like DC, and Adidas putting out high tops. Celebrities are rocking high tops.
So there was this fad started by South Park, that claimed gingers (redheads) have no soul, and that they couldn’t go out into the sun. It was bullying, and being a ginger myself and this fad starting my senior year of high school, I had been targeted. My own “friends” were relentless. Really stupid fad in my opinion. It went as far as people creating pages on Facebook promoting these days, which were every friday. There were even incidences where cops had to be called to schools.
One of the most obvious trends, that probably most of us in this class can identify with is social media, in particular Facebook. Facebook has become many people’s source for information, and even at times news. With all the fake and misleading information presented on FB I think we will see a shift in young people’s consciousness’s because they are being presented fake news as facts. Everyone has become come connected to everyone through this medium. There are psychological studies being done to show the effects of using Facebook. Advertisers and even the NSA watch our every move through there. It’s scary, 1984 kind of stuff.
Another trend I’m very much into is MMA (mixed martial arts) and BJJ (Brazilian jiu-jitsu). They both became popular around the same time, as we saw in the first UFC event, Royce Gracie dominated much larger competition with bjj. No one had ever seen anything like it before. If you watch UFC or any mma today, bjj has become the staple for people to train in. BJJ competitions have also taken on a life of their own. There are many MMA and bjj magazines as well as news sites and blogs. Its televised on Fox and they hold pay per view events every month. The trend is continuing to grow and they hold events worldwide.
I remember watching the X-Games for the first time when I was in middle school. The X-Games is an extreme sports competition that is held every year. It involves skateboarding, motocross, bmxing, as well as snowboarding in the winter. I went out and immediately bought myself a bmx bike. I rode it from town to town trying to do tricks and emulate what I saw on tv. I never got good at all, but I tried. The trend has died out a little, but they still have annual X-Games.
With technology ever evolving, what we see in the media and who we see it coming from has evolved. There has been a trend over the last few years of people video taping the police. There is becoming a growing disdain and mistrust for the people who are supposedly hired to serve and protect us. But with so much evidence and video footage it has become apparent that they aren’t here for that at all. They are here to maintain the status quo and protect property. This is a trend I could write an entire book on. Cops are killing children, and wrongfully arresting so many people. I personally will never ever ever ever call the cops. Warning: possible triggering video, contains violence!
Probably my favorite trend is street art, or graffiti. You could say graffiti can be traced all the way back to Egypt, because all it is is wall writing and drawing. Today paint markers and spray paint are the tools of choice. It generally is meant to be political or describe underlying social and political issues. Modern graffiti in America originated on the east coast in Philadelphia and only slightly later in NY. Many people have what is called a tag, which is a moniker. Street art ranges from very small, such as writing your name on a post office sticker to huge elaborate pieces that take up entire building walls. My personal favorite form of street art is known as wheat paste. You draw or paint on some kind of paper and glue it to walls.
this is a pretty big wheat paste
this one spans an entire wall
These are truly labors of love, and can be dangerous to pull off.