In every generation, there are parts of pop culture that transcend time, finding importance not only in the age of their creation, but for many years afterward. The following items are not those things. From “Candy Crush” to Vine, it seems as if each year we are swamped with a new collection of trends, apps and news stories that everyone “has,” “loves” or “can’t stop talking about.” And then in the same fashion that the Roman Empire declined, these fads become yesterday’s news and fall to the bottom of the pop culture hierarchy. Here’s the next batch:
1. BuzzFeed quizzes
So you answered some questions and guess what? You’re Rachel from “Friends.” But you’re also Katniss from “The Hunger Games.” Oh wait, you just took one that said you’re also Gollum from “The Lord of the Rings.” They all have conflicting personalities, so that can’t be right! There is now nothing to do but realize that you are none of these things and, furthermore, that nobody on Facebook cares. This is shortly followed by the realization that you also don’t care. It’s only a matter of time before people stop wondering what type of cheese they are and start wondering why they are on this website.
2. “Breaking Bad”
OK, hardcore fans, suspend your anger, this isn’t what it looks like. I’m sure “Breaking Bad” is an “amazing show” and “simply riveting,” but if you feel this way, then this one does not apply to you. For those who are attempting to start it on Netflix, be warned that the excitement is over. Most of your friends have already seen it. There will be no one as thrilled as you are when you finally get to the finale, considering most people probably will have forgotten the details. Save yourself the distress and start riding the “House of Cards” train, because that one is filling up.
What’s better than sending your friend a picture of something they’d find funny? A picture of that same thing, but with you partially blocking it with a gaping smile and a thumbs up. Just because the word “selfie” was added to the dictionary does not mean that it should have been. On a personal note, I have recently received an alarming number of selfies from my parents, and if that’s not a marker of a passing fad, I don’t know what is.
Sure, this app is one of the “best ways to communicate with all of your friends,” but so was AOL Instant Messenger. Soon people will be fed up with the constant beeping of their phones and realize that there really is no good reason to be in a group chat with 15 of your closest acquaintances. Sure, you can meme yourself, but if you need memes to communicate with your friends, then you might need to reevaluate and go back to the face-to-face basics of conversation.
5. You’ll never believe what the last item on this list is, but it’s sure to leave you speechless
Yes, it is Upworthy. While its intentions are commendable, its methods are not. Spreading good vibes and inspirational stories is great, but soon enough the general public will realize that most articles on that website are significantly less shocking than their headlines make them appear. It’s easy to be tricked into finding out what “amazing” thing a 5-year-old said to make a drill sergeant cry, but it’s also just as easy to ignore the link and move on. People will soon find the latter to be a more appealing option.