I think this is why I’m continually fascinated by the dynamics of each generation and subculture as it comes up. They each are doing something to shape the present and future in some way.
I suppose mine interest is probably rooted in Joseph Campbell “Power of Myth” if I have to generationally root the interest. (Bill Moyers’ special on Campbell in the 80s was influential to a lot of teenagers – likely because of the Star Wars connection – spawning the “mythopoetic men’s movements” of the 90s etc – drum circles, run naked in the forest with other men, and stuff. I barely was involved with it but I rooted it on as it looked like fun from a distance)
Anyways, right now, I’ve been noticing the movement of the Tiktok/Instagram dancing things. They had the lipsyncing stuff but when Fortnite came out with the dancing, all of the sudden ALL AROUND THE WORLD, kids are dancing the same dances.
Pick any country and they’re dancing the same dances, livestreaming, Facetiming, and unfortunately Snapchatting eventually – which is a whole other ball of wax the authorities have to deal with) -
and I see this as very different from the world of kids playing the same games and chatting during games during the XBox/Playstation days. This mobile phone generation has a different kind of connectedness, different kinds of exposures – and I see some of the trends and it’s fascinating watching them intersect and influence each other.
dank meme culture in particular seems to have its own ecological niche that gets sanitized quickly now by the people themselves that it spreads to, and quickly loses the sting it might have had 10-15 years ago.