Vol. 2 Issue 52 | December 30, 2016
15 Predictions for 2017
Here is our list of the top items in media, entertainment, technology, and faith that will shape the minds and hearts of your students in 2017.
Our Prediction: These $130 camera equipped glasses will capture your students every glance and post the pics to Snapchat.
Our Prediction: Students will continue to watch television from alternative sources like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and HBO Go, especially now that WatchESPN provides sports on the go! Netflix is creating $6 billion worth of original content in 2017.
Our Prediction: Fewer students of age are getting their driver’s license. When the digital world is at your fingertips, who needs to go anywhere. Look for this trend to continue in the coming year.
Our Prediction: The New England Patriots will defeat the Dallas Cowboys for their fifth championship.
Our Prediction: The fanfare around Apple’s new iPhone 8 will begin to build in late Spring with rumors already swirling about a glitzy new model (September release) that will seek to overcome the recent decline in iPhone sales.
Our Prediction: Nintendo’s newest gaming system (March release) has a mobile console that will only increase on-the-go gaming.
Our Prediction: Our Prediction: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos believes drones will replace mail delivery trucks very soon. We don’t yet buy that bold prediction, although Google did deliver Chipotle to a group of Virginia Tech students in September.
Our Prediction: Pope Francis is long overdue to receive the world’s highest honor.
Our Prediction: Here’s a list of the 30 most important pop, EDM, and R&B album releases scheduled for 2017, including Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, and Nicki Minaj.
11. Less Time Online
Our Hope: You can model healthy online activity for your students by spending less time online. Here are five practical ideas to help you spend less time with your devices in 2017.
12. 2017 Movies
Our Prediction: Here are the biggest blockbusters that your students will want to see in the new year.
Our Prediction: Propaganda thrives in polarizing, fear-filled environments. Since “Post-Truth” became Oxford Dictionaries 2016 ‘Word of the Year”, we sadly predict that fake news, echo-chambers, and misinformation will dominate political conversations, impacting our student’s trust of the media and government officials.
14. The Small Screen
Our Prediction: 2017 will continue the golden age of television. Here are the top new shows releasing in the new year.
Our Prediction: Students will continue to migrate away from modern worship experiences and toward high church, or liturgical worship traditions.
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