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It is no surprise that technology and social media have dramatically changed almost every aspect of our lives, including the infamous trend cycle. In the past, a trend could take decades to infiltrate different cities. However, social media has given us the ability to visually communicate with people all over the world in a matter of seconds.
Cellphones are evolving into a one-stop shop for everything we could possibly need. While it's still common to buy clothes in a brick-and-mortar store, online shopping is more popular than ever.
Welcome to Studio 23: A deep dive into the innovative music genres that have propelled music forward with technological influences. With each genre and its accompanying playlist, fall deeper into the world of Studio 23. Transcend into euphoric bliss while traveling through the music of yesterday and looking forward to the music of tomorrow.
As of 2022, Shein is the largest fashion retailer in the world. It also happens to be one of the most prolific contributors to fast fashion—a term used to describe a manufacturing system that operates under poor conditions to produce mass amounts of clothing.
Life can be ugly, overwhelming and too much to handle at times. This is "Chaotic Bliss Through Sonic Resonance," a curated playlist designed to help listeners reach chaotic bliss, which is accepting and finding comfortability in the midst of turmoil and all of its accompanying feelings.
Have you been giving in to your craving for sushi right after class? Are your meal plan dollars being drained because of sushi?
The trend cycle is one of the most predictable yet mysterious phenomena in the world. Each September, stylists, editors, influencers, retailers, models and more gather in all the major fashion cities to watch top-tier designers showcase their newest collections. From the runway, these trends trickle down through the pyramid of fashion individuals until they circle back approximately 20 years later. Every fashion trend has been strategically forecasted one to five years prior. Thus, based on research, we can confidently say these 10 trends are going to be everywhere this fall.
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With new TV shows and streaming services constantly being released, many viewers find themselves watching several episodes of a series in one sitting or binge-watching. You start episode one of Squid Games on Netflix, and the next thing you know you’ve spent more than 8 hours watching the entire season. You start the first episode of Outer Banks, and two days later you’ve watched all 989 minutes, or 16.5 hours, of the series. At the end of a series, some viewers are left feeling fulfilled, while others feel empty. However you feel, most viewers are likely to keep binge-watching.
Presented through the imagery of a young thirteen-year-old girl suddenly transforming into a giant red panda anytime she feels strong emotions, Pixar has developed a brand new narrative in “Turning Red” that explores a topic which audiences have not seen presented in animated films in as vibrant a fashion as this: Puberty. The main character, Meilin (Mei) Lee is torn between exploring a real teenage lifestyle with her friend or honoring her mother. The film does an excellent job of exhibiting Mei’s utmost respect and love for her mom while also revealing the desires she has for boy bands, crushes and having close friends. While putting the mind of a developing thirteen-year-old girl at the forefront is a prodigious action taken by the animated film industry, there are several other refreshing themes throughout “Turning Red” that are worth the recognition.
Six guesses. Five letters. One word. Everyone has heard about Wordle, the daily word guessing game that’s swept the internet into a frenzy. Every day, people attempt to guess a five-letter word faster than their friends and post their attempts on Twitter and other social media platforms to share their enjoyment and brag about who solved the Wordle first. You don’t need me to explain it to you because you have probably played it every day for the past few months. But what about this simplistic language game makes it so fun and exciting for people of all ages? What made this game an internet sensation, and is there any possible way to recreate it? Can anyone make a game that reaches the same level of popularity? Like all things, there’s a science to explain why this game is so popular.
Ah, parties. Some would argue that they are an integral part of college life, and others would say that they are a waste of time. Regardless of the opinion you may favor, there is no denying that parties are a perfect setting for some incredibly interesting conversations to occur.
Most of the time, people attend parties with their friends—the people they know. The people they are comfortable with. They usually cling to them, engage in conversation with them and essentially spend their night laughing under colorful LED lights with familiar faces. There is nothing wrong with that; it’s natural for people to want to hang with others they've already established connections with.
But what happens when someone attends a party where they do not have that core group to hang onto? Maybe they’ll stick to the corner, or a nearby couch, and pretend that there is something absolutely riveting on their phone. This tactic may work most of the time... until that one stranger comes by and strikes up a conversation. It may be dramatic to call this exchange fate or a point in two people's timelines that cross over perfectly, but this situation is surely where those peculiar, hilarious and sometimes deep conversations are born.
I was introduced to a word called "sonder" a few months ago, which is defined as, "The profound feeling of realizing that everyone, including strangers passing in the street, has a life as complex as one's own, which they are constantly living despite one's personal lack of awareness of it," according to Wiktionary. In other words, this word explains the concept of being aware that strangers also have a life as complicated and interesting as ours. This seems like it would be a given, but it is very easy to fall into a mindset that places our experiences as the only experiences, even if we don't mean to. But when these party conversations happen with strangers we have never met before, and when we don't have our lifeboat of friendship, sonder may begin to kick in. Even for just a moment, we take a dive into someone else's complex life and take a break from our own.
A few UofSC students were willing to share their anonymous experiences with party strangers, providing an array of different themes within these exchanges.
Some of these conversations were more scandalous, almost like they were sitting in on a live gossip column. "I had a conversation with someone who thought her roommate was an undercover republican and wondered if she could still be friends with her," one student remarked, which sounds as dramatic as you could imagine. Even though those two may have never interacted ever again, they shared a slice of time to discuss something so personal yet so pivotal.
Not all conversations must be so dramatic, though. Another student shared a time when someone yelled, "Look at this cool box I found in the basement!" There was nothing in that said box, it was just an incredibly large box. It may have been a short-lived moment, only a minute, but it was a minute in time where everyone in the party shared their attention to one moment, one incredibly large box. It was a small interaction, and most likely will not impact any of those party-goers lives in the future. But, for that moment, it was the most important thing that needed to be discussed.
"I threw up over a balcony and then promptly had a conversation about flawed religions," one student comically shared, while another fondly remembered how their friend "tried to tell me that their name rhymed with tangerine. It definitely did not."
These stories, both deep and silly alike, may not be impactful nor extreme. Honestly, strangers can be a hit or miss, they can either engage or ignore. But when they do not ignore, and we can get out of our heads and take a dip into someone else's, conversations can seemingly bloom from nothing. These talks might not be something to go down in history books, but they are most certainly a point in time that brings together two people who have never experienced each other's lives before.
So, next time you may attend a party, certainly enjoy it with your friends and the people you know. But. . . if you find yourself in a lonesome corner or couch, put the phone down. Maybe Candy Crush won't be as interesting as something a stranger has to say to you.
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Imagine: It’s finals week. You have a migraine from the painfully intense library lights and have developed a steady buzz in your head from too much coffee. After an exhaustive morning in the library and a difficult three-hour final, you are free at last, or at least until tomorrow. As you enter your kitchen, what meal is on your mind? What meal will give you solace from the stress of the day? Maybe it’s chili or chocolate ice cream. Or it could be a hamburger or pizza. The foods that I turn to in times of stress are vegetable soup, oatmeal cookies or a peanut butter sandwich. These meals have the amazing power of erasing the turmoil of the day and shifting my mood, like a reassuring hug.
College is full of ups and downs. Given the current state of the world, many things are constantly shifting and, while adjusting to young adulthood, we learn to cope with the ever-changing society around us. Though we can’t always be certain what lies ahead, at least we have the little things that bring us comfort and peace. Garnet & Black was able to sit down with four UofSC students, all of whom are in different stages of their college careers. Their ideas of comfort and expression are similar but still different.
Welcome to the Love Milestones course! There are a few due dates you need to keep in mind:
"You dress gay," a stranger observes, her eyes following every inch of my straight, opposite-sex-loving body until they reach my six-inch heels.
Why should you try a completely new type of recipe this holiday? Because what is life if you don't expose yourself to different food.
Here at Garnet & Black, our style team works tirelessly to produce original content with a high focus on fashion. Each stylist carefully and meticulously curates the outfits showcased in their style shoots. These shoots often reflect the styles and personal aesthetics of our staff members.