Dystopia, ‘she-cession’, TikTok dances: we’re on you, 2021
“Squid Game” has been a huge score for Netflix this year. AP PHOTOS
THE Pandemic, politics, widespread anxiety about the climate and the economy. Did 2021 give us time to think about something else? As we limp into a New Year, there are a few other things we’d like to leave behind, from pop culture’s obsession with all things apocalyptic to well-meaning yet exhausting secular dancers on TikTok.
Here’s a list of what we’ve completed as we seek renewal and hope in 2022.
War, destruction, disaster: popular entertainment has certainly reflected, developed and imagined the very misfortune of it all. But should it continue at the same rapid pace? The last one, “Squid Game,” was a huge score for Netflix. Its creator cannot imagine a future without a second season of the murderous Korean series. The fans rejoiced. Dystopia, however, is only a genre, a storytelling technique. Wouldn’t we benefit from an equally large dose of stories focused on solutions and dare we say it, inspiration? We’re talking about that happy medium between zombies and “The Great British Baking Show”. Think about it.
TikTok was built on wacky dance trends, but has grown into way more than millions of people.
You seem like a nice person, but you are a dietitian, not a dancer. And, unfortunately, you will never be the latter. Yes, we could scroll right next to it and not watch your movements barely there. Yes, we realize that you are having a great time and are just trying to entertain. But there are so many of you.
TikTok was built on some wacky dance trends (remember the Floss?), But the short video platform has grown into far more than the millions who tune in during the pandemic. So where does that leave all of this dancing? Slightly and happily muted for the tired dance craze.
There is no doubt that the pandemic has touched all of our lives in different ways and continues to wreak havoc around the world. There is also no doubt that women were disproportionately affected as they struggled to make everything work at home. And, yes, the men did things, but the women suffered greater job losses and increased responsibilities. The economic fallout has been dubbed “the divestiture”. The thing is, what’s the alternative, a “he-assignment?” ” No. Some women find the gender-specific term humiliating and demand that the media and economists do away with it. And while we’re on the subject, can we get rid of the term Grand Resignation, aka the Grand Quit, for all those people who have voluntarily left the workforce? Good luck to them.
Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon (photos right) are among the new investors in the shapewear brand Spanx.
This made Kim Kardashian West a bunch of cash to go with her other heaps of cash. His shapewear brand Skims, which branched out into loungewear during the pandemic, is valued at $ 1.6 billion, according to the New York Times. It comes in a range of styles, colors and sizes. Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon are among Spanx’s new investors. But hasn’t life lived largely at home taught us to embrace our bulges, bumps, and whatever else we try to hide in our underwear? Can’t we all go back to our old lives feeling good about ourselves? Not to mention the idea that there are health risks in intensely compressing our organs for prolonged periods of time. Let it fly, people! Don’t let the old constraints of the fashion elite take over after all those months in cozy clothes and de-escalating underwire. #FreeOurBody.
Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are basically digital art or digital certificates of authenticity.
Will they be over before so many have figured out exactly what they are? So, some naysayers predict that stans will feed the headlines and little buggers are selling millions. Non-fungible tokens are, basically, digital art or just about anything else in digital form. They are stored on blockchains (digital ledgers). The point, you ask? Good question. NFTs are actually digital certificates of authenticity, like the declaration to the physical world that your original van Gogh is one of a kind. The rest of us will be heading to the non-digital gift shop for the poster or fridge magnet while the world finds out about the Metaverse. Offered: NFT of NFT’s Merriam-Webster Definition, with net proceeds going to the global nonprofit Teach for All. Alleluia.
There’s a lot of leveling going on in a world where leveling up and leveling up already reside. And by “higher level, we are talking about the term of player to go to the next level. The phrase has become common in a range of contexts. The perfectly good and universally understood alternatives? How about moving forward, developing, improving, evolving, growing and, we venture, we improve. Can we just celebrate our successes at work, our upgrades, our escalations, our awesome strides without reinvention for the sake of reinventing? As Ciara sings: “five, four, three, two, one …”
Billionaires Jared Isaacman, Richard Branson, and Jeff Bezos drew a lot of attention when they first got into space.
Billionaires in space
The space boys club billionaires garnered a lot of attention in 2021 as the rest of us sailed our lives upside down here on Earth. There’s a lot to chew on about the millions of dollars spent to make this happen, in a suborbital edge of space, floating in microgravity for a few minutes at most. And of course there are the colorless jokes. Those of size and importance. And there’s the big thinking about Elon Musk and why he’s not a member of the Card Carrying Club despite his founding from Space X. Richard Branson went to space aboard his Virgin Galactic rocket on July 11. . Branson defeated Jeff Bezos, who made his supersonic jaunt aboard his Blue Origin ship on July 20. Billionaire Jared Isaacman led the first fully private orbital mission that came down in September after three days in orbit thanks to Space X. Because commercial space travel is the future, don’t you know? The same is true of food insecurity, income insecurity, barriers to accessing health care and homelessness for people without a ticket. Aim higher.
The global supply chain is under time. Factories have been forced to close amid outbreaks of Covid-19. The number of sea containers is limited and inaccessible to those who cannot afford them. Small businesses cannot pay for other shipping methods. The ports and the warehouse are saved. There are not enough truckers.
Oh my. Happy Holidays to all. Above.
BY LEANNE ITALY, AP