The Domino Effect Of Social Media: A Response To The "Fireflies" Trend

The Domino Effect Of Social Media: A Response To The "Fireflies" Trend

What Owl City's song, and the reactions to it, have taught me about how we interact.

If the late 2000's pop music scene produced just one mind-boggling question: how does one receive a thousand hugs from ten thousand lightning bugs? Well, if you had forgotten about it before, the Internet has most likely reminded you by now.

Just about everyone remembers the 2009 smash hit "Fireflies" by the electro-pop shy boy Adam Young, better known as Owl City. As a super fanatic of this artist in my middle school years, I often pondered that exact same question. The logistics just didn't add up; did he receive a single hug from only a fraction of the luminescent creatures, or did every single one give him exactly one thousand embraces? And besides -- how does an insect hug a person anyway?

We all know the Internet has a thing for beating dead horses, and this time around, it was this same debacle that was resurrected recently by an unknown user and became a hot debate on Twitter and other social platforms. As a result, memes regarding the song started appearing -- and it was all downhill from there.

What amazed me most about this entire fad is that there was nothing, really, that sparked it. The song itself is eight years old and rarely plays on pop radio. In fact, the only recent activity by Owl City himself is a new single dedicated to his father, entitled "Not All Heroes Wear Capes," which can be streamed from Spotify but suggests no relationship to his first radio hit.

Given this scenario, it would seem that the Internet has become one giant universe full of completely random chain reactions, the dominos falling in infinite directions constantly and without end. And in some ways, that's true. But I also like to believe that there's a more personal touch to it. After all, nothing starts moving unless a force acts upon it.

Random tidbits like this become viral for the same reason a reader may share this very article - they like it, and want others to see it too. This act, and indeed the "Fireflies" trend as a whole, is not at all random -- in fact, it is innately intentional. "Fireflies" was popular in 2009, and there is no universal law that says it cannot be popular again, or that it even ceased to be popular, even if it is seen through a different lens. It comes down to one simple fact: people like the song, or the joke, or whatever it is that the previous person has set before them. And if they are compelled to share it, the reaction continues -- a large-scale domino effect, not random but carefully thought out so that each piece hits the next.

Some on the Web have also argued that the revival of a song like this is simply due to nostalgia. Believe it or not, 2009 was eight years ago, and young children today may have no idea about how much we wanted planet Earth to turn slowly back then. If one person who tweets about this song happens to be in the right place at the right time, and a lot of people feel the same way, the ingredients are just right for a viral outbreak of nostalgia. And with a song like "Fireflies" presenting such a thought-provoking phrase, it's not hard to see how this controversy has risen once again.

In the case of the "Fireflies" fiasco, a rare event has taken place. The constant questioning has finally garnered a response from the man himself, Adam Young, who has finally decided to put to rest the controversy he sparked all those years ago. Hats off to you, Owl City - your song has survived the gauntlet of pop radio, become a viral meme, and inspired real conversation about the way people interact.

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Atlantic City Should Be Immediately Added To Your Travel Bucket List, There's More Than Meets The Eye With This Gem

There's something for everyone.

When people usually hear the word “AC” they usually picture large amounts of alcohol, endless rows of poker tables, and flashy slot machines. However, the truth is Atlantic City has much more to offer than meets the eye. Since my first trip to Atlantic City on my 13th birthday to see Kelly Clarkson live, I found each trip after that to offer me something new and exciting.

Below I’ve listed some gems of the city besides the typical casinos and clubs.

1. Tanger Outlets and the playground

Unless you are a local or have visited before, you probably wouldn’t know that Atlantic City is actually home to two major shopping centers, the Tanger Outlets, and the Playground. The Tanger Outlets is my personal favorite as it has over 100 stores to shop in. The Playground is also fairly popular amongst visitors and has high-end stores such as Louis Vuitton and Tiffany’s. The Playground though is generally more expensive to shop in and as a girl who appreciates a good bargain, I would recommend to check out the Tanger Outlets first.

2. The Steel Pier

The Steel Pier is great for a day out and to bring out the inner child in all of us. It is open from April to October each year and features an arcade, over 20+ carnival themed rides, and even a helicopter service to see the sights from bird's eye view! In addition, the Steel Pier also offers many holiday and seasonal events that are always well organized and exciting to attend.

3. Great dining

Atlantic City has such a variety of dining options that it's almost impossible to find a place that you don’t like. Some of my personal favorite places to eat include Tropicana’s Carmine’s Italian Restaurant, Harry’s Oyster Bar and Seafood, and the Melting Pot. Most restaurants are within walking distance from the hotels, but still, make sure to make reservations as you may not get seated right away!

4. Rooftop and indoor pools

One of my personal favorite things about AC is their abundance of rooftop and indoor pools! When traveling during the summer I suggest spending an afternoon at your resort’s rooftop pool. Even If your resort doesn’t have one, many hotels offer day passes to theirs. As for indoor pools, they tend to actually be pretty nice and quiet during the winter months.

5. Concerts and shows

From outdoor beach concerts as pictured above to small comedy shows, AC has it all. Since AC is filled with large hotels with clubs and concert stages, it isn’t hard to find a show for you. Below I have listed some of the most anticipated concerts and shows for this season in the AC area, so be sure to get your tickets soon if you plan on going!

Most Popular Upcoming Shows

Sat Mar 24th, 12:00 PM and 6:00 PM: Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival-Atlantic City Convention Center-Atlantic City, NJ

Sat April 14th,8:00 PM: Jerry Seinfeld-Borgata Events Center- Atlantic City, NJ

Sat May 26th,7:00PM: Keivn Hart-Boardwalk Hall Arena-Atlantic City, NJ

Sun Jul 1st,2:00PM-Sam Hunt-Atlantic City Beach-Atlantic City, NJ

Thurs/Fri/Sat-July 19th, 20th, 21st-Britney Spears-Borgata Casino Event Center-Atlantic City, NJ

Ultimately, Atlantic City is what you make of it. If you are looking for a traditional gambling and partying scene, AC can definitely give you that experience. However, AC is much more than this and I would go as far as recommending families to go on a weekend getaway here during the summer,as it offers something for every age. Hopefully, every reader can take something from this article and do some further research on what AC has to offer that relates to their specific interests.

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Lil Yachty's 'Lil Boat 2' May Not Be Enough To Keep Him Afloat

Here's what you need to know about "Lil Boat 2."

On March 9, Lil Yachty dropped his newest album, “Lil Boat 2.” The album consists of 17 songs, most of which were probably better off not being on the album and seriously failed to impress me, despite its early success on iTunes.

In all of the reviews I have ever written, I normally organize it song-by-song, giving feedback to each track. This time, however, I think I can save all of us time on this article by just being completely honest about Lil Yachty’s “Lil Boat 2.”

Most of the songs from 1-10 on the tracklist are NOT worth listening to.

"TALK TO ME NICE" (ft. Quavo), "GET MONEY BROS." (ft. Tee Grizzley) and "she ready" (ft. PnB Rock) are the only three songs from the first 10 that are even remotely enjoyable.

Other than those three, every other song from the top ten songs on the tracklist were absolute garbage.

The beats to the songs weren’t that bad but, overall, it just sounded like Lil Yachty and his features were WAY too high to be in the studio.

Yachty’s flows, bars and rhyme schemes were ALL weak throughout the entire album, and if it weren’t for the final six songs on “Lil Boat 2,” this review would be nothing but bashing Lil Yachty.

From the 12th track on the album, "MICKEY" (ft. Offset, Lil Baby) the album runs through much more smoothly, regardless of how basic those last couple of songs are.

I imagine Lil Yachty’s fanbase consists mostly of teenagers who eat tide for Internet views and anybody who knows nothing about what a real rapper is.

Seriously. I cannot stress how elementary this album is. If you’re looking for new rap music to listen to, check out Tory Lanez’s album, “MEMORIES DON’T DIE,” or Logic’s “Bobby Tarantino II.”

Both of those albums are so much better than “Lil Boat 2” that they make Yachty look like an amateur–which he is.

Final Score: 5.8/10
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