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The pandemic of rudeness, the real pandemic and all things grey. There is much to leave behind as 2022 draws to a close as uncertainty reigns across the globe.
The health crisis has brought about the dawn of slow living, but it has crushed many families forced to make business for their lives. Karens went on the rise. Cryptocurrencies have crashed. Pete Davidson’s romance with Kim Kardashian made headlines.
A list of what we’ve finished as we hope for better times in 2023:
INCIVILITY HAS DISAPPEARED
The pandemic has released a tsunami of agitated Karens and Kens, but the heightened incivility has extended far beyond their raucous ranks.
Researcher Christine Porath limited herself to rudeness, disrespect, or insensitive behavior when she recently wrote about the topic in the Harvard Business Review. The Georgetown University management professor found that incidents of incivility are on the rise, in line with a steady rise nearly 20 years ago.
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Particularly affected this year, Porath wrote, were frontline workers in the healthcare, retail, transport, hospitality and education sectors. All were declared heroes when the pandemic hit. It didn’t take long for it to become a defeat.
Noting that incivility can escalate into physical assault and other violence, Axios has dubbed it the rudeness pandemic.
Stop it, bad people. We’re all stressed out, including you, we’re pretty sure.
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FTX’s bankruptcy filing followed a cryptocurrency company bruise throughout 2022, due in part to rising interest rates and the broader market downturn causing many investors to rethink their lust for risk . That includes mom and pop investors for the ride.
While more people than ever know what cryptocurrencies are, far fewer actually participate in them. Is it any wonder? Put it together, crypto.
ASMR, PIPE DOWN
Autonomic sensory meridian response. It began, innocently enough, as a tingling in the brain from whispering, poking, brushing, or scraping. Then, bam, he took off on social media like a very loud rocket on a mission to annoy.
Today, we have millions of videos filled with people trying to calm themselves down by speaking softly, armed with everything they can get their hands on along with their expensive and ultra-sensitive microphones.
Companies sell beer and chocolate, paint and housewares using ASMR. All the soothing – and commerce – is deafening.
GREY, THE COLOR
Gray walls, gray floors, gray furniture. Has the gray gone? Here’s hoping.
The color has spent most of 2022 as a supposedly neutral “it.” The problem was, we already felt gray inside.
Sure, gray has been around since the days of color itself, but it has taken over as an alternative to beige and Tuscan brown. Gray dropped mid-year, but you don’t paint or change your sofa as quickly as trends fade. We’ve been stuck with the gray, thanks to TV shows and social media loops.
“What would your reaction be if I told you that color is disappearing from the world? A graph suggesting that the color gray has become the dominant hue has been circulating on TikTok, and boy, people are giddy,” Loney wrote abrams. in Architectural Digest in October.
With that, she explained, the distraught people she mentioned are steadfastly supportive of the notion that a lack of color “brings tragedy.”
Abrams, a Brooklyn-based artist and pop culture curator, talks about Chip and Joanna Gaines’ makeup artists and Kim Kardashian’s Calabasas compound. And he mentions Tash Bradley, a color psychologist who works for British wallpaper and paint brand Lick.
Bradley, Abrams wrote, points to the hustle and bustle of pre-pandemic life as a villain leading up to The Great Gray Washing. Bradley, Lick’s director of interior design, sees no psychological benefit in gray.
Many royal colors are calming. Find one. And speaking of design trends, stop turning your books, pages out. Read one instead, perhaps a volume on color theory.
THE LOVE LIFE OF PETE DAVIDSON
Not the King of Staten Island himself, per se. Look deeply into your hearts and decide for yourself whether you love him or you love him.
We’re talking about the massive amounts of air volume her love life sucked up almost every hour, especially in 2022, otherwise known as her Kim Kardashian era (which actually started in late 2021 for the obsessives).
Davidson’s list of loves has perplexed for years, dating back to his “Guy Code” days on MTV in 2013 when he was still a teenager, leading to his phase Carly Aquilino.
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There have been stops along the way with Cazzie David (Larry Davidson’s daughter), Ariana Grande, Kate Beckinsale (briefly), Kaia Gerber (even more briefly), and more, including her latest: model Emily Ratajkowski.
The “SNL” alum and self-described — on the surface — “crack baby” is a paparazzi, social media, gossip magnet. Rather, his love life is.
As Ratajkowski said recently in a TikTok video of a random audio track while driving in his car: “I’d be with more men. Some women too. Um, they’re all sexy but in an interesting way.”
So be it. Live your life, Pete. Can the rest of us stop chasing every kiss that confirms the relationship?
UPCHUCK FILM MADNESS
The film industry, to state the obvious, has produced decades of genre-spanning grossness, much of it meaningful and legitimate to display on camera.
Still, there’s one particular cinematic exclamation point we could do without, or at the very least, with a lot less than: superfluous regurgitation.
Implicit vomiting with an urgent dash to a curb, hand to mouth, or flip of the head would sometimes be enough, thank you. Who spread the word in Hollywood that movie viewers really crave all the sickening details. The projectility, the color combinations, the pieces.
Well, in some cases, the audience itself.
That notable dress store scene in the 2011 smash hit “Bridesmaids” was something of a gender test, according to the Daily Beast. Would audiences accept all the puking and other big scatology of women in a wedding-themed movie like they do to brothers in producer Judd Apatow’s other comedies?
Apatow and director Paul Feig tested “Bridesmaids” extensively with audiences and they did well.
Fast forward to the notables of 2022. There’s the satire ‘The Triangle of Sadness’, which he could hardly do without, but there’s also ‘Tár’, a much more serious film that wouldn’t make the puke hall of fame with the one fleeting gush of Lydia Tár. We ask, what’s the point? Meaning, the upchuck as part.
Cate Blanchett’s Tár has much bigger problems, so let’s limit all free vomiting. Make it count, folks!
THE ULTRA SCAM
Elon Musk put it this way in an email to his remaining employees:
“Going forward, to build a revolutionary Twitter 2.0 and succeed in an increasingly competitive world, we’re going to have to be extremely hardcore. That will mean working long hours at high intensity. Only outstanding performance will count as a passing grade.”
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Musk is Musk, but it illustrates a moment: the need to keep moving, to work harder, climb higher, sweat longer. With the volatile economy, political chaos, extreme weather, and wars, it’s no wonder a blanket of anxiety has kept the ultra hustle alive.
As if all the talk about slow living and work-life balance is meaningless, or more pertinent, couldn’t exist for many.
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“We’re either scrambling to make ends meet, whether it’s ‘building our brand’, making sure our startup doesn’t go broke, or dreaming of the day when our side hustle takes off and we can walk into the office and give everyone the bird,” wrote Benjamin Media Sled.
It goes without saying, he said, that “most of us get busy because we literally have to get busy in order to survive.”
Create a 2023 that allows for all those long walks in the woods we’ve heard so much about.