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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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Getting into Good Trouble | July 31, 2020 Premium

Three Things This Week 1. Microsoft Family Safety What it is: Microsoft launched its own screen-time-management software this week. Why it’s different: Though initial reports seem … Continue reading “Getting into Good Trouble | July 31, 2020 Premium”

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“You’re voting for WHO????” | July 24, 2020 Premium

Three Things This Week 1. Another Strike Against Body Image What it is: This week, both NBC News and Rolling Stone (language) report that dieting and weight loss trends on TikTok a … Continue reading ““You’re voting for WHO????” | July 24, 2020 Premium”

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Are We a People of Hope? | July 17, 2020 Premium

Three Things This Week 1. The New Fake ID What it is: Coronavirus masks are creating new opportunities for teenagers…to score booze, that is. Why it’s a temptation: Teens are pos … Continue reading “Are We a People of Hope? | July 17, 2020 Premium”

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TikTok May Be on the Clock | July 10, 2020 Premium

Three Things This Week 1. Whats Poppin What it is: Out of seemingly nowhere, a new rap artist named Jack Harlow has reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 with a remix of his so … Continue reading “TikTok May Be on the Clock | July 10, 2020 Premium”

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How to Pray by Coach K | July 3, 2020 Premium

Three Things This Week 1. Kanye’s Big Week What it is: Producer, rapper, and fashion-designer-turned-Christian Kanye West seems to have his hands on all things pop culture these da … Continue reading “How to Pray by Coach K | July 3, 2020 Premium”

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Gen Z Is Speaking (or Singing) Loud and Clear | June 26, 2020 Premium

Three Things This Week 1. #BullyMillennials What it is: Gen Z has a new target, and this time (language) it’s people much closer to their age: Millennials. Why it’s nuanced: Tired … Continue reading “Gen Z Is Speaking (or Singing) Loud and Clear | June 26, 2020 Premium”

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Is Your Teen a Digilante? | June 19, 2020 Premium

Three Things This Week 1. Love, Victor What it is: This week, Hulu released all episodes of this new teen drama spinoff of the 2018 film Love, Simon. Why it will resonate with teen … Continue reading “Is Your Teen a Digilante? | June 19, 2020 Premium”

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