24,000-22,000 BC: chunky fertility goddess statues (pictured at right: notice the prominent and large brains.)
10,000 BC: cave painting
4,000 BC: ziggurat construction
1480-1700: Witch burning
1500s: homoerotic sonnet writing
1600s: pirate singing
1760-1762: spreading syphilis
1900-1914: being optimistic about the future
1919-1922: cutting up pieces of paper and pulling them out of a hat, also, painting
1925: jazz music
1927: soap-based radio
1933: burning books (mostly in Germany)
1951: find-the-commie (kind of like peek-a-boo, but with Senators)
1964: screaming (usually Beatle-related)
1977: DIY pet rocks
1982-1988: taking odds on Reagan-related nuclear holocaust
1987-1997: making answering machine messages (see below)
1998: web sites about your cat
1999: cappuccino drinking (related to dot-com bubble)
2000: looking forward to the future (this didn’t last as long as the previous fad in this genre)
April 2008: Twitter
2009 (Jan.-Aug): talking/writing/broadcasting about Twitter in MSM.
2009, Sep. 15: Blogging (again, briefly, but only about Dan Brown’s latest “masterstroke of storytelling”
2010 (Jan.-Feb.):getting really excited about the release of the iPad.
2010 (Mar.): trying to remember what all the fuss about the iPad was all about.
2011: pretending the British Royal family is important
2012: posting pictures of every frickin’ meal on Instagram
2014: “binge-watching” TV
2015: laughing about Donald Trump’s presidential run
Jan-May, 2016: crying about Donald Trump’s presidential run
Some old-fashioned media here — satirical novels and flash fiction to keep you from the fads!
Alltop and enjoys their Bebo. From my collection, Pirate Therapy and Other Cures. Originally published in 2010, and updated every once in a while.