Worth the Hype?

By: Robert Osborne ’20 and Viswa Douglass ’21

Dad Hats: Back in style

Dad hats are curved-brimmed, soft-cotton baseball caps with an unconstructed crown and an adjustable back that are popping up throughout hip hop and pop culture as a must have accessory. The dad hat originated as an adaptation done by baseball players to their baseball caps. New baseball caps when new have a flat bill, but some players found that they were uncomfortable and did not block their face from the sun, so they bent their brim until it was curved, thus making a curved brimmed baseball hat. This style of hat looks the most like the modern dad hat because of the soft unconstructed crown that was used to make the hat. The curved brim hat re-appeared during the 1990’s as a comfortable, cheap and casual hat that was very popular with men over the age of 40. It was thus deemed the dad hat, but it wasn’t until the summer of 2016 that the dad hat became pop and hip hop culture’s newest trend with celebrities such as Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, Beyonce, Drake, Kendall Jenner, Rihanna, Gigi Hadid, President Barack Obama and many more wearing them regularly.

“I think that it really depends on the person. [Dad hats] seem to look a lot better on people with long hair rather than short hair,” Cleo Maloney ‘21 said.

I would give dad hats a definite thumbs up because it serves as a comfortable, appropriate and stylish head wear option.

Vine: Sad to see it go

Vine is a short-form, video editing application that allows a person to make a six-second video. The app lets a person share their video privately to friends or to share it publicly. Whenever the video is watched in its entirety, it is called a loop. Lele Pons, a popular vine user, holds the most total loops on her channel with a staggering 8,616,853,352. Vine was created by Dom Hofmann, Rus Yusupov and Colin Kroll in June 2012 and was acquired by Twitter in Oct. 2012. Vine is the sixth most popular social media site with 200 million monthly visitors.

Despite the app’s popularity, Twitter has decided to shut it down in the upcoming months. Among several different reasons for shutting Vine down, the main ones are that Twitter is not making a large profit from Vine, and their stock is continuously decreasing. Therefore, they got rid of the app and the Vine staff to compensate for the amount of money they’re losing.

Some students have ideas on how the app could have stayed relevant.

“Yes, I did make a Vine … it was pretty stupid, but fun … I they could have done a lot more to keep Vine alive because of the election,“ Landon Lewis ’22 said.

Other students were sad that Vine was being shut down.

“I definitely think Vine was worth the hype because that’s where we got the original memes … I think it is the number one social media site,” Fernando Diaz-Ojeda ’20 said

In an online survey sent to the middle school, 58 percent of students said they would give Vine a thumbs up and I would agree. I give Vine a thumbs up because it uniquely combines other popular social media sites into one app. Other students were sad that

“Yes, I did make a vine …  it was pretty stupid, but fun … I think they could have done a lot more to keep Vine alive because of the election,” said Landon Lewis ‘22.

Other students were sad that Vine was being shut down.

“I definitely think Vine was worth the hype because that’s where we got the original memes … I think it is the number one social media site,” said Fernando Diaz-Ojeda ‘20.

In an online survey sent to the middle school, 57.71% of students said they would give Vine a thumbs up and I would agree. I give Vine a thumbs up because it uniquely combines other popular social media sites into one app.

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