Back in the day there were certain things that brought people together, whether in unity or a desire to be a part of something bigger. Traditionally, “Fads” as they were known, were items of desire or things that the general populace had all heard of and secretly craved to have, or to be a part of. Fads have been around a lot longer than you think and although typically, now they are coined as trends, they still have the power to capture the imagination.
Nowadays, thanks to social platforms such as Twitter, where popularity is now gauged by how many people digitally “like” something, trends are ever-present in our day to day lives.
At one time in order to show your support for the Cabbage Patch Kids you would buy the lunchbox or perhaps carry your favourite character on a T-shirt proudly but now you can do it from your living room by clicking a button. It’s not the same anymore and the act of supporting a fad has almost lost its “coolness”; to be able to stand up and support something, no matter how geeky or nerdy, or colourful it is. Like these guys who still wanted to tell their Cabbage Patch tales!. Times have changed and we now have Planking and Tierage. So I salute the “good old days” of the 1980s and despair in a countdown of current and recent “trends” that dominate online You Tube accounts and the media today and I give my view on what I’d rather be doing.
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As a 30 year old, maybe I’m missing the fascination but planking, although having been around for a while now, never seemed as fun as some made out. Planking; the art of mimicking a wooden plank……… Yes. I know what you’re thinking. Do we not have enough TV channels? Are we a society so bored, that this actually seems fun? I’ve tried it and although the idea of trying to best your mates by finding the most exotic or unusual location to do it in is a challenge, the appeal escapes me.
I’d rather…Play with a Rubik’s Cube
Now here’s a pastime. Instead of having a lie down somewhere in public, where you’ll most likely be kicked, end up being tripped over, or indeed end up with chewing gum on your jeans, how about stimulating the mind? This little invention from the 1970s became massive in the 80s and saw Millions of kids across America and Europe try to solve its complex turns. Frustratingly difficult for most, almost too easy for some, it remains an icon of the 1980s and a real classic. It doesn’t exercise your right to lie down but it does exercise your mind.
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This particular trend is still in its infancy it seems and originated in a Californian town. After seeing this story on a local shutter blog, it was shocking to see exactly what it entailed. Teenagers filmed throwing themselves into garage doors at full impact, not only causing damage to properties but potential damage to themselves. It’s worrying that this is considered fun but the criminal damage charge may put them off doing it again.
I’d rather…Wear a He-Man T-Shirt and take part in a Flash Mob
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I’ve doubled up here and I can honestly say I’d much rather show support for the guy who “had the power” in 1986; He-Man. The Masters of the Universe franchise dominated TV schedules on both sides of the Atlantic and was the hero of choice for many children. At the same time, the more-recent trend of Flash-Mobbing appeals a lot more than Bodyslamming. Firstly, there’s less pain which is always a bonus and there also wouldn’t be any criminal proceedings following the Flash Mob. Unless something really went wrong, of course.
Owling is another of those physical poses that could result in people putting themselves in dangerous situations. Crouching and peering like an owl on top of a column or building ledge seems a bit extreme but it’s the lengths we go to to be popular on social media. Just remember, you can’t fly like an owl.
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I’d rather…Go to a concert with a Mullet and Denim Jacket
Mullets. The signature hairstyle of the 1980s and something which even I have to admit should remain in the past. Saturday morning TV was saturated with them and often Mullets and Denim went together like apple and pie. Or Pat Sharp and Fun House.
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I love Batman. He’s cool, he’s got gadgets and an arsenal of weapons at his disposal. So hanging upside down is no chore for him but for the average Joe, it can be pretty dangerous. The craze hit in 2011 of people hanging upside down by their feet. Impressive to onlookers no doubt, for maybe a few seconds but after that, it’s just a pointless rush of blood to the head for the aspiring creature of the night.
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I’d rather…Wear Vans Tennis Shoes and Play Tetherball
Being active in the 80s wasn’t difficult, with so many great TV show characters to emulate, kids got plenty of exercise and this was before the mass appeal and impact of Nintendo consoles entered the homes. Tetherball was perfect for outdoor activity and it was great fun in the sun. Even if it did look like you had a neck problem. As for the Vans tennis shoes, they were just cool and everyone wanted them (and absolutely noone was hanging upside down in them in the 80s).
Author bio: Charlie is a keen gamer and moviegoer but also considers himself older than his years. Opinionated, cutting and devilishly honest…what’s not to like?