Thesis project for Bachelor of Journalism degree at Humber College Canada.
When you see a trending hashtag on Twitter, have you ever just instantly said, “huh?”
We live in a fast-paced technological era where every day is another day full of new hashtags and trending topics. As a result, we often see these trends as something that is just plain ridiculous and unimportant.
As someone who pays a lot of attention to pop culture trends, I have seen how some of these trends affect our society. It’s pretty surprising how most of them entail many complex issues.
In this podcast, I will talk about the effect of the fake freckles trend in society. I spoke with many talented writers and beauty guru who helped me uncover many interesting facts about this phenomenon.
Pop Culture Trends
In this introduction episode, I will help you understand how pop culture trends alter our society.
EPISODE 1: Fake Freckles Trend
In recent years, some people started to draw fake freckles on their faces. TikTok and Instagram are filled with videos of fake freckles tutorial. What could possibly be controversial about this trend? I talked to a beauty influencer, Sharon Farrell, about her opinion on this trend. In 2017, Farrell did a treatment called Fraxel to remove her freckles. I have also invited Karoline Kan, the author of Under Red Skies, to talk about the backlash against the Zara ad campaign in China. Listen to this episode to see what I have found about the fake freckles trend!
EPISODE 2: Beauty Standards
Have you ever thought about how our idea of beauty was formed? In this episode, I talked to beauty influencer Sharon Farrell and beauty writer Jeena Sharma about beauty standards.
EPISODE 3: Biracial People
A biracial or multiracial person is someone whose parents are from different cultural backgrounds. Biracial people used to be underrepresented in pop culture because of the segregation between white people and people of colour. However, it has changed now as we have seen many biracial public figures came to prominence. In this episode, I invited Gina Marie, the founder of Mixed in the Six, and Pia Schiavo-Campo, a writer and activist, to talk about the representation of biracial people in pop culture.
Beyond the Trend’s theme music is created by Theodorus Ansell