Fashion Fads We (Kind Of) Miss

Remember back in middle school, when you made it your life’s mission to make it to the “cool kids” side of the cafeteria? When you roamed the misery-filled halls, rocking the latest trend that you begged your mom to splurge on, or just copying whatever style was worn on TRL that week? Well, you may or may not regret looking back on those Myspace/yearbook photos, but these are some fashion fads that we …

SNAPCHAT

We live in a self-obsessed world where people share everything about themselves: filtered photos, thoughts in Tweets, lengthy status updates about their day. As if society needed to know even more about our lives, now there is a way to obsess about ourselves even more. A photo-sharing smartphone app is rapidly becoming part of our routine, one snap at a time. This is the Snapchat. 

On your mark, get set, run!

“Are you TOUGH enough?” This is the slogan of one of America’s newest obstacle course/race challenges, Tough Mudder.  Made up of crazy obstacles (including a lake full of wet, sticky mud, a monkey bar-like ropes course, and running up a slippery ramp to get pulled over by teammates), Tough Mudder is designed to test your physical strength, stamina, and overall spirit.  It’s also designed to kick your out-of-shape American butt. Tough …

Shameless Selfies

(written October 2013 for my interdisciplinary Intro to Social Media class, Fall 2013) Okay, maybe you’re not picture-perfect, angle-worthy Kendall or Kylie Jenner. But if you have a smartphone, or at least a phone with a decent-quality camera, surely you have been guilty of this. Behold, the newest fad of our tech-obsessed generation: the selfie.  SELFIE (n): self | ie a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically taken with …