2018 in Review

A Look Back on 2018

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Music

 ASTROWORLD — Travis Scott

Aug. 3

Rap/Hip Hop

 

 beerbongs & bentleys — Post Malone

April 27

Pop/Rap

 

 A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships — The 1975

Nov. 30

Alternative

 

Movies/TV

 Big Mouth

Netflix

Comedy

 Incredibles 2

dir. Brad Bird

Science Fiction/Animation

 

 Halloween

dir. David Gordon Green

Mystery/Slasher

 Queer eye

Netflix

Reality TV

 

 A Star Is Born

dir. Bradley Cooper

Drama/Romance

 

Deaths

Mac Miller, 26

Sept. 7

Rapper

Aretha Franklin, 76

Aug. 16

Singer/Songwriter

XXXTentacion, 20

June 18

Rapper

 

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.

 

Trends

 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

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

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

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