The Media Rewind mass communication students were asked to think about a media trend this semester and coin a new phrase that helps describe an aspect of that trend. Here are some of their ideas.
1. Caption Anxiety Disorder – We’ve all been victims of caption anxiety disorder. When you have the perfect Instagram post prepared – filter, location, timing – but you just can’t come up with a caption.
This is a frequent and frustrating occurrence among those who have a lot to say, but who know no one reads lengthy captions. Or if you have a picture in which you look like a model, but the other people have their eyes half-closed. In these instances, you may experience caption anxiety disorder, the uncertainty or insecurity about how to caption your Instagram photo. – Eliza McDow
2. Negative Views – This phrase refers to the overwhelmingly negative tone in which modern news stories are presented, and the consequences of this type of reporting. Media outlets are increasingly scrutinizing our government and highlighting civil unrest.
A Harvard report on media outlets during the 2016 election revealed that both candidates “received coverage that was overwhelmingly negative in tone and extremely light on policy.” This is causing more people to turn to social media for “positive news” or ignoring all news by canceling their cable subscriptions. This decline in cable viewership explains the phrase “negative views.” – William Nash
3. Snap Attack – Snapchat is used in daily by most millennials. A snap attack is when someone sends you an unnecessary and excessive amount of Snapchats in a short amount of time without response. Many times, a snap attack is done by a close friend or clingy boyfriend. – Amanda Haley
4. Kylie Korruption (corruption with a K) is when women and some teens get lip injections, boob jobs, etc. becoming “botched Barbies.” The fad refers more to lip plumping and injections.
After the cupping fiasco with Kylie Jenner, several cosmetic companies have hit the market with fake lip injectors that make the lips seem more plump, attempting to achieve Kylie Jenner’s “new” lips. Lip injections or fillers have skyrocketed since the 2000s, and people do not realize the seriousness and risks. They just want to have Kylie Jenner-esque lips.
5. Right Now streaming is a phrase that refers to live streaming videos on Instagram and Facebook. In the past, people recorded themselves, edited and later uploaded a video to YouTube.
Even though YouTube is still very popular, more people are beginning to use the live streaming feature on Instagram and Facebook. The unique thing about going live is that viewers get to see what is happening in that very moment, without revisions and editing. A downside to live streaming is that once the video is over, it often cannot be viewed again. – Caleb Brown
6. No Caption Needed – This phrase can be used when uploading pictures to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. This trend is quite simple. When uploading a good picture, and the picture really speaks for itself – instead of trying to think of a good caption, this phrase can be used instead. – Nicole Henderson
7. Living Live – Living live is a short phrase or caption about live videos on social media. Live videos are popular on Facebook, and Instagram enables users to go live as well. Live videos enable followers and friends to stay in the know without actually having to be with you. – Nicole Lavery
8. Fakesnap – Individuals do not seem to be satisfied with taking a regular photo of themselves. Instead, they use a Snapchat filter or apps to distort themselves into something else.
These filters can transform an individual into different characters, or can be used to change skin tones, eye color, etc. The term I have come up with for this trend is Fakesnap, because on apps like Snapchat, individuals are interacting with others, but the app is mostly not used in a “real” format. – Arien Canales
9. My phrase is: Purify your mind before you interact with dirty dogs, meaning, clean your thoughts, presumptions, hostility and opinions before interacting with the media (of any form). The trend I have noticed recently is that the media gets the most attention when playing dirty with the stubborn-minded.
People who interact with social media or the news get immensely and immediately fired up by the things the media feeds to us. Of course, this sparks more for the media to devour. They seem to say just the right things to the public to upset someone from a racial, gender or political standpoint.
So obviously people head to social media to regurgitate their views and bash the news or leaders. It is a cat-and-mouse game between the public and the media, constantly butting heads without either side coming out victorious. Cleaning up our personal messes and having a better attitude toward the world and its people would put us all in a whole different ball game with the “dirty dogs.” – Alexis Elmore
10. Nonversation – The word I have come up with is Nonversation. Non-conversation means to have a conversation that is basically about nothing and is a worthless, short, and an incredibly boring encounter. It is even more boring and awkward than small talk.
This usually occurs when you are introduced to a person you have never met before. Also nonversations happen when you have a personal problem with someone, and you are talking to them, and it becomes very uncomfortable and awkward. – Jack Danaher
11. Enlightenment – There are literally thousands of different metal genres in the world, but there has been a trend in the progressive metal genre in recent years. Progressive metal is known for complex time signatures and incorporates several other musical techniques, such as reggae, ska, country, folk and ethnic.
The word I’ve keyed specifically refers to the continuous use of “enlightenment” themes in this genre. Bands are using major chords and keys alongside lyrics that speak of finding happiness in oneself and being connected to the universe, as well as angelic progression.
Other references include the concept of the third eye. Bands that include this theme are: Finding the Source, The Contortionist, Persefone, Disperse, Aeon Zen, Alchemist, The Faceless and Periphery.
12. Filter it! – Don’t like the way you or your photo looks? Filter it! It’s almost impossible for people today to post a single picture without a filter on it. Not only is this happening on Instagram – filters are all the rage on Snapchat too.
If someone wants to make themselves look cute or funny, there is the go-to puppy filter, deer filter, or even a filter that makes you look like an old lady. Filters are in now and more than ever on media. It will be a while before we see filters die out, and they are pretty fun. So enjoy them while they are trending. – Hannah Gambrell
13. Multi-gramming – The app Instagram recently updated, enabling users to post up to four pictures instead of the previous solo photo. Therefore, I have decided to coin the phrase “multi-gramming,” instead of when someone says they will “Instagram” a photo. This makes more sense now for a user to say if they are going to post multiple items in a post on the Instagram app.
I am interested to see how users of the Instagram app react to this new update. Personally, I am not a huge fan of the update because it makes Instagram seem more like Facebook, Twitter and VSCO. But on the other hand, I do understand the feature, because I know users can become troubled when deciding on a single photo to post. – Annie Johnson
14. Snapworthy – Snapchat enables you to send pictures and videos that disappear after a couple of seconds. You can choose to send the picture to anyone that you are friends with on the app, and they can view them for up to 10 seconds. You can also create snap stories that all of your friends see, and these last 24 hours.
There are variety of filters you can chose to use for pictures and videos too. With Snapchat being such a hit, I created the phrase “snapworthy.” Pictures and videos are a big part of the media, so people always want to post things that are worth watching/viewing. Someone could show their friend a picture or video that they took and ask them if it is snapworthy. – Destiny Walsh
15. Social Media Maniacs – The phrase I have come up with is “social media maniacs.” Social media maniacs are everywhere. They are people who are basically addicted to their phones and social media apps. These apps include Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter.
I look around and see people with their eyes glued to their phone screen. These social media maniacs can’t even stop looking at their phones when they are crossing the street. I see it every day on campus. It is ridiculous how absorbed some people are with their phones and social media. – Noah Scannell
16. Filter Frenzy – In today’s society, everyone knows about – or uses – the common social media apps Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook. Before people post a photo, there is much debate over which “filter” makes them look best. Now, we can add brightness, contrast, highlights, and shadows to our own photos, refining the way we appear.
This new “filter frenzy,” as I call it, has completely morphed the way we view others and ourselves. In attempts to be socially acceptable by others, we have actually created a false image of what we truly look like.
Don’t get me wrong. These filters aren’t always used in the negative way I’ve described. It’s that we have become so accustomed to using filters, we think it’s the only way for others to “like” us. – Abby Vance
17. Capturing Truth – Seeing one’s self for who you really are has become a newfound trend. Shows, books, movies, and many other sources of empowerment have become popular by demand. Self love is beautiful, and I call this phenomenon “Capturing Truth.” Though the struggle of self love reigns, defining and accepting “you” is rising.
ANDRANITA( An-Druh-Nita). I am personality enclosed in a bottle. I am sun kissed, the perfect tint of melanin. I am a product of excellence rooted in royalty. My creator’s image is captured in the depths of my soul. I am the history of America reverted in disguise. I am what I’ll always be, a masterpiece handcrafted for purpose. I see me for who I am in my mirror’s reflection. I am truth. – Andranita Williams
18. Launching – A lot of people today do a lot of fake “stunting” on social media. They act as if they are the best, and have everything, yet they are really normal people. My phrase to describe that is “Launching.”
Launching is the act of pretending and/or lying in any situation. Example: You know you not rich. Quit launching. Another example: “My car broke down. I can’t come get you.” You know there isn’t anything wrong with your car. Quit launching. – Kendrick Smith
19. Mediacrity – For a while now, news has not been very good. It has been mediocre at best. Everywhere you turn, there is fake news, and with so many people reporting now, it is hard to know what to believe. The media is losing it’s credibility each and every day, and it kind of reminds me of the boy who cried wolf.
One of these days, the news is going to report something super serious, and no one is going to believe it. It’s a scary thing actually. The media has become undistinguished. It’s unexceptional, unexciting, run-of-the-mill, forgettable. To sum it all up, it’s just a mediacrity. – Brandon Hancock
20. To teak or tweak is to speak via text or Tweet. A majority of today’s communication is through texting or Tweeting, with 8.6 trillion text messages sent everyday and 500 million Tweets Tweeted per day. Speaking has really lost its place in communication, as texting and Tweeting are the main ways of communication for humans. – Brittney N. Jackson
21. Post With Caution – The phrase I would like to coin is “post with caution.” I coined this phrase because, although social media is an awesome thing, some people post things they shouldn’t and lose jobs or make themselves look like complete idiots. So this is why I chose “post with caution” as my coined phrase because I have seen too many people lose jobs or opportunities over being careless about their social media posts. – Elliott Suddoth
22. Everyone’s Journalism – The term “everyone’s journalism” is in reference to the fact that, today, everyone has the opportunity to become a journalist at any given moment. Everyone has a smartphone with the capability of taking relatively decent quality photos, videos and recordings.
This is both good and bad, as there is now more false, or “fake,” news to weed through. Social media has opened up endless possibilities for anyone to post anything they want.
As a consumer, one must now carefully decide what is credible and what is not. As journalists, we must strive to uphold the integrity of the industry despite these rising problems. – Christian Johnson
23. Pseudo Stories – With the advancement of technology in the modern world, it is extremely difficult to decipher between real and fake news. Pseudo stories are stories that have the perception of being the truth, but are really just rumors of fake news. Every day, it will become increasingly difficult to decipher fact from fiction in the news, so look out for pseudo stories, and make sure they can be confirmed before they are spread any further. – Kamden Darney
24. #politweet – Within the past two years, political involvement on social media networks seems to have skyrocketed. I have noticed this trend on Twitter, probably because it takes two seconds to throw your opinion out there.
While politics on Twitter can sometimes be seen as positive and informative, it gets tiring being sucked into a political whirlwind every time I just want to keep up with my friends or music. On the other hand, sometimes I want to see nothing but politics.
I have created a hashtag. Anytime anyone Tweets something related to politics, their Tweet should include the hashtag #politweet. By using #politweet, Twitter users will be able to decide how many political Tweets they see. – Shanleigh Roberts
25. What in Tarnation? – Coining your own phrase seems much harder than you would first think. Everyday, there’s something new in the media. New words or phrases are created without any thought put into them.
Coining a phrase is basically taking a phrase and almost always using this phrase ironically to introduce a conventional or clichéd sentiment. Therefore, this phrase then becomes more popularly used.
A phrase I’d have to coin was: “What In Tarnation?” Yes this phrase dates back many years, but it was recently seen on Twitter or Tumblr as a meme. “What in Tarnation?” is a rhetorical question meaning “What in Damnation,” which is often associated with Americans living in the Southern United States expressing incredulous bewilderment.
Recently, this term has become popular again and used in a joking or humorous state. “What in Tarnation?” is the original term, but different things can be inserted into the term to accurately work with the specific meme or joke. This phrase has gotten quite the attention, and some interestingly creative memes have been made from this phrase. – Emily Reynolds
26. Media Hyperbias – A recent trend in news media has shown that most media outlets are extremely biased toward one political party or another. Even mainstream media outlets exhibit some bias, typically leaning liberal.
The hyperbiased media has only deepened the rift between the two major political parties in America because each side tends to see the news articles from outlets biased toward the opposing party as “fake” or “fabricated,” which has led to a trend of increasing distrust in the mass media by every party.
Media hyperbias has left American voters confused and unwilling to hear each other out, mainly due to the fact that more strongly left or right leaning citizens typically have a difficult time taking in news from oppositely biased media outlets and, therefore, typically gather information only from outlets that lean to their preference, creating a greater disparity between the left and right.
Though a study published by Gallup states that specific party identification has reached an all time low (meaning the number of people attached to one major party or another is at a historic low), people who do identify with a specific party lean more strongly toward their preferred party. – Emily Reynolds
27. Trumped – Fake news is when a reputable news or entertainment source publishes a false story/report. The word I created related to this is “Trumped.” My definition of the word is: The act or message of being called out/put on notice for a fake/false publishing. For example, The DailyKos, got Trumped for their story of Elizabeth Warren endorsing Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Primary. – Patrick Chacone
28. Innotextualization – This is the combination of two words paramount in the media: innovation and recontextualization. Technology advances at a rate we can barely even keep up with, despite having invented it ourselves. As innovation takes us to new heights and depths, we are forced to take our older, more traditional methods, and recontextualize them to fit the new norm. This is what media is all about – adaptation to better serve the masses – which you can easily see with the rise of immersive journalism and digital journalism. – Reagan Pepper
29. Getting Spiced – White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is oftentimes prominently featured on cable news networks, as well as late-night television programming. Following the newly elected president’s media trends, Spicer, frequently appears as a loyal executive.
But when dealing with questions from the press (the opposition) Sean Spicer, at times, will acknowledge your question, but the answer will leave you with minimal insight into the probed issue, and more questions than you previously held.
Due to this, I have chosen to add the term “Spiced,” and the phrase “getting Spiced” to my everyday vernacular. This means the question will be answered, but only in a manner that is non-inflammatory, or which reinforces how clear he (or the president) has already been on any particular topic or subject. – Matthew Thompson
30. Streaming Interactions – One of the major trends I’ve noticed recently throughout the media world is the expansion of live streaming. There are many different forms of streaming that we use in our every day lives, such as YouTube, Netflix, sporting events, etc. Recently, I noticed streaming has taken a turn down a different path.
Popular social media, such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, have added new features that offer live streaming videos. With an easy click of a button, you can display to the world whatever you’d like, live. Furthermore, your friends or followers have the option to comment, send emotions, and respond. This new trend of live streaming has created what I’d like to call “streaming interaction.” – Alexa Bortles
31. #InstaFamous – I chose #InstaFamous, because our generation is living is a world that seems to praise Instagram celebrities. Every single day, it seems like a new person has become famous simply by advertising an “ideal” lifestyle via Instagram and other social media outlets.
This trend of being famous for unconventional things affects most teens and young adults today. People have adapted an ideology that if you do not have a certain Instagram image, number of likes, or amount of followers, you are irrelevant.
While posting cute photos online is fun, the Instagram fame craze can get out of hand, making young people feel like social media should take precedence over real life interactions. – Margaret Wallace
32. Ghost Posting – Ghost posting is the act of posting a picture, then deleting it after it doesn’t receive the expected number of likes. The term is derived from the word “ghost” itself. Ghost is defined as “an apparition of a dead person that is believed to appear or become manifest to the living, typically as a nebulous image.”
Most of the time when a picture is deleted from social media, it is still saved in their photo library. The photo that remains in the library after it is deleted from social media could be considered as the “nebulous image.”
For Snapchat, ghost posting isn’t necessary because Snapchat deletes the post, and you can’t receive likes. It’s ironic that Snapchat has a ghost as part of its symbol. – Jyesha Johnson
33. Tap Happy and Snapographer – Tap happy is a phrase I came up with that would describe someone who is known for liking every picture or post on their Instagram or Facebook. It comes from the fact that when you like a picture or post from an app on your phone, tapping either once or twice will automatically “like” the picture, therefore they are “tap happy.”
The second phrase is “snapographer,” which refers to someone who is constantly making snap stories or taking pictures/selfies on their Snapchat. Snapchat is a huge trend right now, and some of the younger generations are beginning to communicate through Snapchat only, forgetting about texting and calling. – Grayson Baird
34. Social Media Stall – What would we do without social media? How would we know when someone’s birthday is, or when someone gets engaged? Social media has taken the place of conversation in a lot of ways.
We would know these facts about another person just by talking to them, but Facebook and other social media sites make it really convenient to not have an actual conversation. Although social media does a lot of good, there are a lot of negatives.
Social media stall is when social media sites, such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (just to name a few) hinder us from making progress and doing our work. Walking around campus, I see so many students looking down at their phones. In class, I even have trouble refraining from getting on my phone when the lecture gets boring. There have even been apps created that reward you for not using your phone during class.
I believe there is an epidemic of a lack of progress due to social media. When I go home to study, it is very hard to put my phone down and actually study. I believe this is the case for a lot of students. This causes a stall in progress.
I think there are always things that are more desirable to do than schoolwork, but allowing social media to be a distraction is something that is easily fixable. One could put their phone in another room, or even ask their roommate to keep it in their room for a hour while you study.
While social media has made a lot of improvements, social media stall is evident. I notice it in my academic life and on campus when I see some students looking at their phones constantly. If we find a method that helps us put our phones down for just a little amount of time a day, we can improve this productivity slump. – Marlene Middleton
35. What in Lamination? – Lately on social media, a new meme has taken over the internet. It all started, apparently, with the show “My Little Pony,” in which one of the characters’ catchphrases is: “What in tarnation?” Then, someone on Tumblr put a cowboy hat on a picture of the dog, captioning it “What in tarnation?”
It picked up steam on Twitter until it became so successful, I see it in my Facebook feed every day. The trend is to put a cowboy a hat on a picture of anything/anyone that ends in “-ation” and caption it “What in_______?”
There are seemingly endless possibilities, as many words rhyme with “tarnation.” My phrase is “What in lamination?” Imagine a piece of paper, laminated, wearing a cowboy hat. It could be used to denote something with many layers. You’re welcome. – Brantley Meaders
36. Stop Idolizing Ignorance . . . Howbowdah? – With the rise of social media, gaining 15 minutes of fame is becoming easier. Most famously, stars like Kim Kardashian and her family have built an empire on their name alone with minimal talent. Recently, others have found themselves in the spotlight under similar, but different circumstances.
Danielle Bregoli, 13, of Florida, recently found fame after appearing on an episode of Dr. Phil. This episode dissects Danielle’s erratic behavior that is not typical of a normal 13-year-old girl, including frequent fighting and cursing her mother.
Following the episode, Danielle Bregoli was given the meme treatment after coining the phrase, “Cash me outside. Howbowdah?” She has monetized greatly off of this, selling merchandise and promoting multiple different companies.
Her behavior is anything but a role model for girls her age, and her popularity only feeds her ego. It would be nice to see more people in the spotlight for actual talent and hard work. – Rex Ravita
37. Snap Fatigue – In today’s world, a primary method of communication is the popular application Snapchat. Snapchat is a half photo sharing/ half messenger app that debuted in September of 2011, and is owned by a company called Snap Inc.
Snap Inc. explains on their website that they believe “reinventing the camera represents our greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate.” When describing the purpose of Snapchat, Snap Inc. says: “Our products empower people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together.”
However, what happens when this mode of communication goes from a way to “have fun together” into a source of anxiety and exhaustion? One develops “Snapchat fatigue.”
The following are examples of how Snapchat fatigue sets in. The very basis of Snapchat is for users to send pictures to each other. The images will last at most 10 seconds, then will disappear forever, unless a user uses the once daily allowed “replay feature,” which lets a user see a Snapchat sent to them one more time.
Because Snapchats disappear, some users may feel a false sense of security when using the app, because they feel once they send something, it is gone for good. However Snapchats are easily screenshotted, or even the screen a Snapchat is on can be captured using another phone’s camera. The worry that a Snapchat may fall into the wrong hands is an example of Snapchat fatigue.
In 2015 during a routine update, Snapchat introduced the “streak” feature. Essentially, the streak feature lets two users know how many unbroken days in a row they have been Snapchatting each other.
Not wanting to break their streaks, many users intensely regulate their respective streak numbers, which for some, leads to a sense of Snapchat fatigue, feeling obligated to use the app for fear of social stigma and anxiety to keep the streak around.
In 2013 Snap Co. introduced “Snapchat stories” on Snapchat, a feature that enables a user to share a seconds long image or video with their entire friends list for a whole 24 hours before disappearing for good. Some users may feel Snapchat fatigue brought on by this feature, as it is another social media platform on which a user has to keep up appearances on, and must be sure to routinely update their story.
The circumstances which lead to Snap fatigue are not entirely exclusive to Snapchat, and can be seen on any number of other social media platforms. As social media becomes more relevant in our daily lives, we must be sure to understand and regulate the anxieties and exhaustion it brings with it as well. – Eoin McKenna
38. Just Filter It and Fall into the trap with just a snap – Snapchat filters have become exceedingly popular in recent months. They include silly images that alter your appearance, all the way to makeup master pieces that smooth your skin and make it radiate.
Recently, more people, especially girls, have been transferring their newly smoothed appearances, thanks to Snapchat filters, over to Instagram, eliminating their natural look. This trend has caused a usage boost in the Snapchat app, but has also diminished the natural trend many celebrities have strived for. – Makenzie Brinson
39. Filats – A trend I have noticed in the media recently is Snapchat filters. I know they have been around for awhile, but Snapchat is always coming out with different ones every single day. If you know me, I only send Snapchats with the filter on them. They are so fun and unique in their own way. I am renaming them “filats” – a combination of Snapchat and filter. It is easier to say, and everyone uses them all the time, so the word will catch on easy. – Ashton Rawls
40. Lens See It – My term I’m coining is “Lens see it.” I came to this because, all throughout social media now, people are using pictures and videos more than ever. Instead of words, apps like Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter mainly use pictures and videos as their main source of information on people’s timelines. People know how far words can go, and it’s more time consuming to read a long post than it is to quickly glance at a picture or see a video frame, which is why they have taken over social media. – Jaimie Brooding
41. Instamodel – One very popular social media trend right now, particularly on Instagram, is young boys and girls using the media website to launch their modeling career. Instagram enables individuals to post pictures and have an unlimited amount of followers to see their post. Many of today’s up and coming models were discovered via their Instagram profile, hence the name instamodel. – Emma Gaddy
42. Is It Worth It? – The media is very challenging and overwhelming sometimes. Most every person, especially teenagers, have some sort of social media. My phrase is: Is it worth it?
This quote means that many teenagers post pictures, videos and some wrong language on social media that can really get them in trouble in the future, especially looking for jobs. Is it worth it?
Many bosses can really dig up your social media. Pictures get around very easily, so teenagers need to be careful about what they post. It can really make or break you in the future if you are not careful about how you show yourself on social media.
Is it worth posting a bad picture on social media that might come back at you in the future with your job or family. Take social media with caution. Treat it positively, and treat it smart. – Caroline Duff