Dominic Mah is a writer of screenplays, rock musicals, comics/graphic novels, and the kind of status updates that help you lose weight while having fun. He is often found in karaoke bars, being @dommah.
The years pass. The flip phone you coveted in 2005 to replace your clunky chocolate bar is now atrociously old, unapp-able, irrelevant. At the time, it was the best electronic device ever. But “ever” turned out to be a real long time. Here I propose 10 phenomena and pop-culture moments that for better and worse will be inextricably locked to this time, and in the future when you think on them, whether it is with fondness, disdain, or just a kind of wizened adult knowing, you will go, “Dude, that was soooo 2013.”
1. Having thoughts longer than 140 characters.
This has been on the way out for a while, but after 2013, all thoughts longer than a tweet will be considered totally quaint, #Ifigure. People will instinctively boil their ideas down to #hashtaggable size, to avoid the shame of having unleashed, like, a tome of blah blah blah @ their @friends and @followers. For example, this whole argument used to be composed of much longer sentences, with citations and evidence to extensively support my thesis. But then I got the point already. #Movingon #PoeticClarity