Hey do you remember fidget spinners?
No, no one does. Not really. Not anymore, not until someone mentions them. Everyone loved them, and now no one cares. They were here, and now they’re not. Millions upon millions of the things were being produced at one point, uncountable tonnes of plastic and metal fused together and made to spin! and shipped out across the world on carbon-excreting ships and planes choking the planet, to be received with rapturous adoration by (I guess mostly) children of all shapes and sizes. All of that effort, all of that resource extraction, all of that global industrial churn—and all of that love—and all, in the end, existed simply to vanish without a trace (an emotional trace, that is; the physical trace will last for thousands of years forever polluting our once pristine planet hahahahahahaha! *dissolves into bitter weeping*.)
Not personally judging any kid who bought one or beseeched their parents to get one for them, obviously. I had, like, seven Tamagotchis when I was a kid. Fads are a helluva thing. Consumer culture is one hell of a trip. Reddit considered this trip the other day when it asked the question: ‘What was a huge trend that everyone forgot about that?’ You can check out the full thread here, but below are some highlights:
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