Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Modern Life Of A Trend.

1. The Trendsetter:

Often the first person given attention for displaying a new trend, the trendsetter may be a celebrity, or even an average individual caught in the right place at the right time.

2. The Virus:

This, of course, refers to the act of "going viral" by the new trend. After the trend is discovered, it draws the attention of others. From curious onlookers to tireless trend hunters. The trend is observed, discussed, liked, disliked, commented on and referred to others who, in turn, observe and discuss and so on. Pop-culture and entertainment media programs begin to "bring you the latest on the craze that's sweeping the country/world/known universe" and even the prime time news makes mention of the trend as relates to its meteoric rise to popularity.

Much like the highly-publicized zombipocalypse, the spread of the trend has taken on a life of its own and seems virtually unstoppable.

3. The Copycat:

There soon emerges trend "copycats" who then set themselves to the task of mimicking the trend and posting video and images of themselves performing the same act which made the trendsetter famous to begin with. As with all things, "artistic license" is soon after introduced by many of the copycats and alternate variations of the trend are born.

4. The Hipster:

Seeing the popularity of this new trend as a new way to draw attention to themselves, the hipster incorporates the trend into their way of life. The trend has now become theirs' and was theirs' "before it was cool" for everyone else to have it. In fact, you know what? Forget that! Everyone else can have the trend. The trend has already become too mainstream, too commercial, too diluted in the mass media social networking culture to be cool anymore.
But always remember, the hipster got tired of the trend before any of you did.

5. The Corporate Machine

By now, the potential for the trend to generate revenue has been noticed. This is where branding of the trend occurs. Sporting goods manufacturers, electronics, all want a piece of the income earning potential the trend possesses. Soon, the trend makes its way to television, the movies, music videos and the top runways all over the globe. Now being a part of the trend comes endorsed with a designer logo and a $2,000 price tag.

6. The Trend Hater

Of course, not everyone follows the trend. There are those who choose to reject the trend on principle, based on its stupidity, or how it has been commercialized. The trend haters thumb their noses and laugh at the followers of the trend, calling then "immature" or "sheep". Trend followers in an act of rebellion vehemently defend their trend and begin blitzing the internet with more and more of it. This soon erupts into all out social network war, with trend haters and followers firing online attacks against one another. Before long the heavy artillery is launched and the battle of the memes begin.
It's not pretty.

7. The End:

All things, however, must eventually come to an end and with time (often about a week) the trend is shuffled off to a retirement spot where it slowly and painfully withers away and fades into oblivion. The trend does not die, though. Not for a long time. Rather, it clings desperately to life, hanging on to the memories of its followers who have given it so much love and attention and spent their hard earned money on maintaining the trend. As long as these relics of its existence remain in use, even sporadically, the trend's light will not be fully extinguished. At least, not until another up and coming trend is born.

Then the cycle begins again...

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UPDATE:

1. In case you missed it, don't forget to check out my post I did yesterday over at Sprocket Ink too.

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29 comments:

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    1. Thanks. Every now & then I try to make some actual effort.

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  2. Ha! What about the ambivalent? Those who see the trend but can't get worked up enough to have an opinion or care?
    Beltheading is not a bad idea. There are some people with heads so massive (looking at you, John Travolta) that they need head suspenders in order to participate in that trend.

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    1. Unfortunately Ron Perlman needs to be excluded altogether. Technology just hasn't caught up to that yet.

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  3. Great post! I'm in the clueless about the trend group. Then, when I finally know about it waaay after it's been cool, I fall into the trend hater category by necessity, because its way too late to.pick it up. Trends look dumb on me, anyhow.

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    1. I was born short &... let's just say, stocky. I'm not built for the skinny jeans & tight shirt look the guys are wearing these days.

      Not that I'd wear them.

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  4. I don't want to brag but I was beltheading in the 90's.

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    1. My memories involving belts from my younger days aren't so fond. Usually one of my parents would be involved... and they'd be really, really mad about something I just did.

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  5. We did the whole headband in the 80's. That and legwarmers, feather earrings and big hair.
    Of course we called it fashion

    As for todays trends, I am clueless so I generally ignore them if I can

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    1. The whole "metro" thing that's popular with the guys today isn't for me. So I'm ignoring it too.

      I have to admit to loud multi-colored clothes and a high-top fade back in the 90's. And, NO, I will not share the photos.

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  6. I will have my lawyers contact you in regards to "beltheading." I made that famous in the South back in the 90's and I will be collecting royalties from this blog post. I'm just saying. :)

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    1. Um... I guess that's okay. You should know I make squat from my posts, though.

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  7. This made my laugh so hard, I vomited. For realz. I'm still dying over here.

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    1. Um... Sorry..? You're welcome? I'm confused.

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  8. Great post.. What's up with the last 2 comments.. Weird!!

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    1. They're cool. I can vouch for them. I should make it known that weird is welcome here. In fact, weird moved in as soon as I started this blog and now it crashes on my couch.

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  9. I secretly live trends. I need as many targets as possible for my sarcasm. Trend-following sheeple are looow hanging fruit bro.

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  10. Love not live. Misspelled words are the next big thing.

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    1. I have to admit they've made good fodder for my blogging "career" as well.

      As for the typo trend, I'm in from the early onset of that one.

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  11. Right on the money. Damn, this was good! That's all I can say.

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    1. Thanks. Nothing more need be said.

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    1. You're very perceptive for noticing I'm cute. Oh, wait! You meant the post... Um.. Thanks.

      You do think I'm cute, though. Right?

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  13. So true! Unfortunately I'm always the one two steps behind the trend.

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    1. That's still about three steps ahead of me, so there's that.

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  14. Ha! So true!

    I've developed situational amnesia regarding the how I looked in the 80's and blame the whole mess on trend-addiction

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    1. As it relates to trends, my amnesia is most likely as a result of how terrible my fashion sense is. Some things you just have to block out.

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