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When Family Ties Don’t Bind | January 15, 2021 Premium

  Three Things This Week 1 480 Seconds to #NoseJobCheck What it is: As an experiment, Insider created a TikTok account and set the user’s age to 14 to see how long it would ta … Continue reading “When Family Ties Don’t Bind | January 15, 2021 Premium”

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Bean Dad Gets Canned | January 8, 2021 Premium

  Three Things This Week 1 Bean Dad Gets Canned What it is: A father took to Twitter (language) to share a story about making his daughter figure out how to open a can of bean … Continue reading “Bean Dad Gets Canned | January 8, 2021 Premium”

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The Top 20 Trends of 2020, Part 2! | January 1, 2021 Premium

Thank you for reading the Culture Translator Premium!  Thank you to all of our loyal Culture Translator Premium readers!  Our goal each week is to translate pop culture to help par … Continue reading “The Top 20 Trends of 2020, Part 2! | January 1, 2021 Premium”

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A Christmas Like the First One | December 25, 2020 Premium

  Three Things This Week 1 Bring on the LOLs (and the $$$) What it is: A YPulse report (paywall) showed that when it comes to brand-based content, Gen Z is most likely to enjo … Continue reading “A Christmas Like the First One | December 25, 2020 Premium”

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Instagram Makes the Naughty List | December 18, 2020 Premium

  Three Things This Week 1 Perez Hilton’s Cry for Help What it is: Celebrity gossip maven Perez Hilton was banned from TikTok for life (paywall) this week after multiple claim … Continue reading “Instagram Makes the Naughty List | December 18, 2020 Premium”

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The Kid LAROI and Cuffing Season | December 11, 2020 Premium

  Three Things This Week 1 The TikTok Top 100 Is Weird What it is: TikTok released a list of its “Top 100” videos for 2020, and some of the top ranking videos may surprise you … Continue reading “The Kid LAROI and Cuffing Season | December 11, 2020 Premium”

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The Heart Is a Lonely (Bounty) Hunter | December 4, 2020 Premium

  Three Things This Week 1 The Mandalorian Joins the Cast of Fortnite What it is: Fortnite gamers can now play as their favorite characters from the Disney Plus streaming hit, … Continue reading “The Heart Is a Lonely (Bounty) Hunter | December 4, 2020 Premium”

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Canceled: It’s What’s for Dinner | November 27, 2020 Premium

Three Things This Week 1Dinner (with the D’Amelios) Is CanceledWhat it is: The D’Amelio family (TikTokers Charli, older sister Dixie, and their parents) launched a YouTube show mea … Continue reading “Canceled: It’s What’s for Dinner | November 27, 2020 Premium”

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Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Advent in a Pandemic | November 20, 2020 Premium

  Three Things This Week 1 No Place Like AC:NH For the Holidays  What it is: Nintendo Switch’s pandemic-hit Animal Crossing: New Horizons released a winter update on November … Continue reading “Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Advent in a Pandemic | November 20, 2020 Premium”

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Young Adults Are DTRing | November 13, 2020 Premium

  Three Things This Week 1 United in Despair  What it is: A massive 10-year study, published this week, linked decreasing life-expectancy in the United States to the surging r … Continue reading “Young Adults Are DTRing | November 13, 2020 Premium”

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“Z” You at the Polls | November 6, 2020 Premium

  Three Things This Week 1 Tuesday Night Fever  What it is: As adults tuned in to (or, in record numbers, turned off) election coverage on Tuesday night, teens were congregati … Continue reading ““Z” You at the Polls | November 6, 2020 Premium”

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The Phantom Poll Booth | October 30, 2020 Premium

  Three Things This Week 1 Happy Fortnite-ween!  What it is: Fortnite’s annual Halloween tradition of a “Fortnitemares” mode went live on October 21 and will be available in t … Continue reading “The Phantom Poll Booth | October 30, 2020 Premium”

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From Victims to (More Than) Conquerors | October 23, 2020 Premium

  Three Things This Week 1 Does Jesus Need to Go Viral?  What it is: Christian TikTokers have been promoting the #makeJesusviral hashtag, which now has over 253 million views, … Continue reading “From Victims to (More Than) Conquerors | October 23, 2020 Premium”

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How It Started Vs. How It’s Going | October 16, 2020 Premium

  Three Things This Week 1 “Well, It’s…Going”  What it is: This week’s big meme was “How It Started vs. How It’s Going.” Participants post a photo or screenshot of how a rel … Continue reading “How It Started Vs. How It’s Going | October 16, 2020 Premium”

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You May Now Unmute Yourself | October 9, 2020 Premium

  Three Things This Week 1 You May Now Unmute Yourself What it is: A viral YouTube video meant to instruct children on appropriate distance learning etiquette feels a little b … Continue reading “You May Now Unmute Yourself | October 9, 2020 Premium”

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YouTube Becomes a Battleground State | October 2, 2020 Premium

  Three Things This Week 1 Together, Apart, and “Among Us” What it is: Among Us, a 2018 murder mystery game set in space, is attracting millions of new players. Why it’s lonel … Continue reading “YouTube Becomes a Battleground State | October 2, 2020 Premium”

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The Kids Have Left the Candy Store | September 25, 2020 Premium

Three Things This Week 1 The Kids Have Left the Candy Store What it is: Research from a UK-based fintech app for kids called RoosterMoney shows that tweens and young teens now spen … Continue reading “The Kids Have Left the Candy Store | September 25, 2020 Premium”

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The Social Dilemma | September 18, 2020 Premium

  Three Things This Week 1 If You Like Your TikTok, You Can Keep Your TikTok What it is: California-based software company Oracle will purchase TikTok in an eleventh-hour deal … Continue reading “The Social Dilemma | September 18, 2020 Premium”

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America Runs on Charli | September 11, 2020 Premium

  Three Things This Week 1 America Runs on Charli What it is: Dunkin’ recently made TikTok star Charli D’Amelio’s go-to order an official item on the menu. Why it’s an act of … Continue reading “America Runs on Charli | September 11, 2020 Premium”

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How to Succeed at Home Learning Without Really Trying | September 3, 2020 Premium

  Three Things This Week 1 Challenge Unacceptable What it is: The #newteacherchallenge drew headlines this week as parents used the hashtag to prank their kids. The hashtag ha … Continue reading “How to Succeed at Home Learning Without Really Trying | September 3, 2020 Premium”

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Does This Text Make Me Look Angry? | August 28, 2020 Premium

  Three Things This Week 1 Does This Text Make Me Look Angry? What it is: For teens, “full stops” (i.e. sentences that end with a period) are seen as “intimidating,” and are a … Continue reading “Does This Text Make Me Look Angry? | August 28, 2020 Premium”

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Kanye Wants to Create “Jesus Tok” | August 21, 2020 Premium

Three Things This Week 1 A Very Corporate Battle Royale What it is: Epic Games, makers of Fortnite, created a way for Fortnite players to give money directly to Epic, cutting Apple … Continue reading “Kanye Wants to Create “Jesus Tok” | August 21, 2020 Premium”

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Is This Really Good News? | August 14, 2020 Premium

Three Things This Week 1. WAP What it is: Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion released a collab and corresponding music video that have stirred up a lot of controversy. Why it’s conten … Continue reading “Is This Really Good News? | August 14, 2020 Premium”

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Lip-Sync Heaven | August 7, 2020 Premium

Three Things This Week 1. Lip-Sync Heaven What it is: After rumors of a ban, President Trump gave TikTok 45 days to leave the U.S. or sell its U.S. operations (Microsoft jumped at … Continue reading “Lip-Sync Heaven | August 7, 2020 Premium”

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