What Stupid Trends Will 2017 Bring?
December 28, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

trends-for-2017

Like the weather, internet trends change and shift so often it seems impossible to track and predict them. There are so many ups and downs for so many different people and collectives overall that categorising the year must be done in increments, checking what trends were the most impactful on a national or even global scale. Hopefully, this means we will be able to see what’s coming next year – and whether it’ll be as exciting or as horrifying (objectively, of course).

What 2016 Gave Us

The tumultuous year of 2016 brought us many things, and some of them look here to stay. The internet is ever-evolving, and users are continuously becoming more familiar with relatively new elements of it; for example, the popularity of live video applications like Periscope and Facebook Live has taken off.

We have also seen the addictive nature and ramifications of the so-called “echo chamber” on social media, with online algorithms identifying users’ likes and preferences and only showing them headlines and stories they want to hear or engage with. This, unsurprisingly, leads to mass ignorance and the spreading of false news like wildfire. We’ve seen the consequences of that this year, too.

Along with those trends are ‘memes’ of fleeting but intense fame that we all came to know and love – or mildly loathe. Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer, Damn Daniel, Crying Michael Jordan, Dat Boi, Sad Ben Affleck, and of course, the ill-fated Harambe. If those words sound like nonsense to you, you’re either over 30 or you actually have standards. If you want to get more acquainted with these social one hit wonders check out our post on ‘The Next Social Media Trend You Haven’t Heard About Yet‘.

All we have to predict what 2017 will bring is the news and trends of years past, and there seems to be a pattern forming of comedy mixed with tragedy that doesn’t necessarily bode well for us in the future. But what are these trends that are likely to dominate the internet and media in months to come?

The Trump Presidency

After a year and a half of gruelling campaign trails, an overwhelming amount of controversies and Trump’s miniature hands gesticulating wildly during rallies, I think we can agree we’re all quite sick of hearing about the US election – and one luminescent orange individual in particular. For many it was implicit with the election results coming out that at least the news cycle would be free from the repetitive and often depressing scandals that arose during the US election process, and people everywhere could rest easy knowing that the ugly part was over.

donald-trump-small-hands

Then, Trump actually won, and we were treated to the news that his cabinet will be the wealthiest in US history, his Senior Counsellor is a Nazi, and Russia interfered in the election anyway so democracy may in fact be dead.

The coming year will be filled with memes and thinkpieces that aim to find the comedy and the hope in what looks to be a dire situation not only for America, but the world.  If you’ve been over Trump for a while, it may be time to invest in some Chrome extensions to block his doughy face from your timeline. Of course, then you won’t know when the nuclear war begins, sure we can’t have it all.

Evolution from Vine

As mentioned earlier, the popularity of live video has changed how many people use the internet and connect with others online.  The death of the beloved video-sharing site and app Vine did not come out of the blue, however. Vine ‘stars’ and most users have been slowly making the transition from Vine to more traditionally interactive social media like Twitter and YouTube.

Some of the alleged ‘stars’ have even gotten their own Netflix shows, moving onto bigger pursuits and leaving the site behind; It mainly promoted many of its main attractions to move on to producing longer content on YouTube, where the opportunity for creativity isn’t curtailed by a time limit – although that seems to have been the challenge that made Vine so enticing. It seems that while Vine certainly made a lasting impression on the online community, it was in the form of nostalgia most of the time, being a great place for those of us with chronically short attention spans to kill a few minutes without guilt.

end-of-vine

Next year will probably introduce us to some new and highly popular method of sharing content through video in a way that’s more complicated than vlogs on YouTube, or events streamed through Facebook Live. I just hope it’s free in the app store.

2017 > 2016

There wasn’t much that didn’t happen in 2016, really. David Bowie, Prince, Muhammed Ali, Alan Rickman, Gene Wilder, Leonard Cohen, John Glenn, Anton Yelchin, Victoria Wood, Sir Terry Wogan and so many more beloved celebrities met their end this year, including George Michael and Carrie Fisher within the last week, all further cementing a crippling blow for the arts in particular. Amidst this came Brexit, the Zika virus, fatal racial profiling by the police, Syria – the year has been brutal, and oftentimes, utterly ridiculous. The clown epidemic also comes to mind.

In an astonishing twist, 2016  itself has become the most eye-rolling meme of all. How many times have we seen something tragic or reprehensible happen and though to ourselves “2016 strikes again”? (Or thought it, then tweeted it, obviously.) For people, nature, philosophy and life in general, this past year has been trying, to say the least. There was no bubonic plague or crusades, but the planet getting a few degrees warmer despite deniers and xenophobia triumphing in multiple nations does a little more than raise a few eyebrows. All we have to hope for is that 2017 does the opposite, and brings so much good fortune to everybody that becomes a meme, however absurd that sounds.

The Reality

Truly, we can’t know what will happen in the next year. It’s called the future for a reason, and all we have to prepare for it from past experience, though nothing could have set us up for 2016, so who knows. We’re likely just going to produce a hell of a lot more superhero movies and TV shows, as if watching enough of them will save us from our own governments or problems. Don’t worry though – I won’t make the mistake of asking “how could this get any worse?”

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What Stupid Trends Will 2017 Bring?
December 28, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

trends-for-2017

Like the weather, internet trends change and shift so often it seems impossible to track and predict them. There are so many ups and downs for so many different people and collectives overall that categorising the year must be done in increments, checking what trends were the most impactful on a national or even global scale. Hopefully, this means we will be able to see what’s coming next year – and whether it’ll be as exciting or as horrifying (objectively, of course).

What 2016 Gave Us

The tumultuous year of 2016 brought us many things, and some of them look here to stay. The internet is ever-evolving, and users are continuously becoming more familiar with relatively new elements of it; for example, the popularity of live video applications like Periscope and Facebook Live has taken off.

We have also seen the addictive nature and ramifications of the so-called “echo chamber” on social media, with online algorithms identifying users’ likes and preferences and only showing them headlines and stories they want to hear or engage with. This, unsurprisingly, leads to mass ignorance and the spreading of false news like wildfire. We’ve seen the consequences of that this year, too.

Along with those trends are ‘memes’ of fleeting but intense fame that we all came to know and love – or mildly loathe. Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer, Damn Daniel, Crying Michael Jordan, Dat Boi, Sad Ben Affleck, and of course, the ill-fated Harambe. If those words sound like nonsense to you, you’re either over 30 or you actually have standards. If you want to get more acquainted with these social one hit wonders check out our post on ‘The Next Social Media Trend You Haven’t Heard About Yet‘.

All we have to predict what 2017 will bring is the news and trends of years past, and there seems to be a pattern forming of comedy mixed with tragedy that doesn’t necessarily bode well for us in the future. But what are these trends that are likely to dominate the internet and media in months to come?

The Trump Presidency

After a year and a half of gruelling campaign trails, an overwhelming amount of controversies and Trump’s miniature hands gesticulating wildly during rallies, I think we can agree we’re all quite sick of hearing about the US election – and one luminescent orange individual in particular. For many it was implicit with the election results coming out that at least the news cycle would be free from the repetitive and often depressing scandals that arose during the US election process, and people everywhere could rest easy knowing that the ugly part was over.

donald-trump-small-hands

Then, Trump actually won, and we were treated to the news that his cabinet will be the wealthiest in US history, his Senior Counsellor is a Nazi, and Russia interfered in the election anyway so democracy may in fact be dead.

The coming year will be filled with memes and thinkpieces that aim to find the comedy and the hope in what looks to be a dire situation not only for America, but the world.  If you’ve been over Trump for a while, it may be time to invest in some Chrome extensions to block his doughy face from your timeline. Of course, then you won’t know when the nuclear war begins, sure we can’t have it all.

Evolution from Vine

As mentioned earlier, the popularity of live video has changed how many people use the internet and connect with others online.  The death of the beloved video-sharing site and app Vine did not come out of the blue, however. Vine ‘stars’ and most users have been slowly making the transition from Vine to more traditionally interactive social media like Twitter and YouTube.

Some of the alleged ‘stars’ have even gotten their own Netflix shows, moving onto bigger pursuits and leaving the site behind; It mainly promoted many of its main attractions to move on to producing longer content on YouTube, where the opportunity for creativity isn’t curtailed by a time limit – although that seems to have been the challenge that made Vine so enticing. It seems that while Vine certainly made a lasting impression on the online community, it was in the form of nostalgia most of the time, being a great place for those of us with chronically short attention spans to kill a few minutes without guilt.

end-of-vine

Next year will probably introduce us to some new and highly popular method of sharing content through video in a way that’s more complicated than vlogs on YouTube, or events streamed through Facebook Live. I just hope it’s free in the app store.

2017 > 2016

There wasn’t much that didn’t happen in 2016, really. David Bowie, Prince, Muhammed Ali, Alan Rickman, Gene Wilder, Leonard Cohen, John Glenn, Anton Yelchin, Victoria Wood, Sir Terry Wogan and so many more beloved celebrities met their end this year, including George Michael and Carrie Fisher within the last week, all further cementing a crippling blow for the arts in particular. Amidst this came Brexit, the Zika virus, fatal racial profiling by the police, Syria – the year has been brutal, and oftentimes, utterly ridiculous. The clown epidemic also comes to mind.

In an astonishing twist, 2016  itself has become the most eye-rolling meme of all. How many times have we seen something tragic or reprehensible happen and though to ourselves “2016 strikes again”? (Or thought it, then tweeted it, obviously.) For people, nature, philosophy and life in general, this past year has been trying, to say the least. There was no bubonic plague or crusades, but the planet getting a few degrees warmer despite deniers and xenophobia triumphing in multiple nations does a little more than raise a few eyebrows. All we have to hope for is that 2017 does the opposite, and brings so much good fortune to everybody that becomes a meme, however absurd that sounds.

The Reality

Truly, we can’t know what will happen in the next year. It’s called the future for a reason, and all we have to prepare for it from past experience, though nothing could have set us up for 2016, so who knows. We’re likely just going to produce a hell of a lot more superhero movies and TV shows, as if watching enough of them will save us from our own governments or problems. Don’t worry though – I won’t make the mistake of asking “how could this get any worse?”

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