2018 in Review

A Look Back on 2018


 ASTROWORLD — Travis Scott

Aug. 3

Rap/Hip Hop


 beerbongs & bentleys — Post Malone

April 27



 A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships — The 1975

Nov. 30




 Big Mouth



 Incredibles 2

dir. Brad Bird

Science Fiction/Animation



dir. David Gordon Green


 Queer eye


Reality TV


 A Star Is Born

dir. Bradley Cooper




Mac Miller, 26

Sept. 7


Aretha Franklin, 76

Aug. 16


XXXTentacion, 20

June 18



Pop Culture

Aquaria Crowned in Drag Race

Aquaria became the tenth queen to win Rupaul’s Drag Race.

Stan Twitter

A new culture has seemed to arise on Twitter, consisting mainly of fans of famous pop icons. This new group of people, who call themselves ‘stans’ communicate using self-invented slang terms like “skinny,” “tea” and “wig.” The culture relies heavily on abstract comedy and is very Gen-Z based.

Royal Wedding

On May 19, Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle. It received widespread coverage with about 18 million viewers in the UK and 29 million viewers in the US.

Ariana Grande

and Pete Davidson break-up

After a short period of dating and a quick engagement, singer Ariana Grande and comedian Pete Davidson called off their relationship on Oct. 14.



 Tik Tok

TikTok, formerly known as Musical.ly, is a social media app similar to vine or dubsmash, where short, comedic videos are created, consisting of a user lip-syncing to a song or audio from a short video clip.

 Teenage JUUL Epidemic

JUUL, a rechargeable, refillable e-cigarette is reaching epidemic levels due to its rapid increase in use among teens. The device is easy to obtain, discreet and easy to hide. Due to its recency, scientists are not sure of the long-term effects the JUUL has on the body and brain.


Fortnite, a free-to-play online battle royale game, was released in 2017. It became a worldwide sensation with its peak player count in June 2018, reaching 125 million players.


ASMR, classified as autonomous sensory meridian response, became viral after slime and soap cutting videos became popular on social media.