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: Netflix and chill
Late-2015: laughing about Donald Trump’s presidential run
Jan-Feb, 2016: crying about Donald Trump’s presidential run
Mar-May-2016: fact checking. SO much fact checking.
Mid-2016: fake news discovered
Late 2016: Trump describes legitimate news as “fake”
2017: news organizations rush to post news videos on FB and other social media
2018: news organizations layoff people making news videos for FB
Some old-fashioned media here — satirical novels and flash fiction to keep you from the fads!
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