The average millennial could presumably list approximately 15 different high school movies that defined their teen years: Bring It On, Mean Girls, Clueless, Heathers, and for the Gen Z cohort, of which I am a member, more recent films like To All the Boys I’ve Love Before. This constant mythologizing of high school is also embodied by the “Where y’all sitting” meme, which consumed Twitter in mid-August and utilizes a cartoonish cafeteria and tables grouped by every niche interest the Internet could muster: celebrities, rom-com rankings, fashion fads, subcultures, heavy metal bands, zodiac signs, Beyoncé eras. The proliferation of the meme has been understandably exhausting—and also illuminating! With the Democratic primary ravaging America’s cultural consciousness, “Where y’all sittin” reminded me of the wave of new Gen Z voters who are entering their first presidential election season with fiercely held political beliefs and a renewed vigor for socialism that contextualizes the world around them. What use, then, is old-guard punditry to those who can navigate social media sub-groups faster than someone who gets paid to write about them for a living? Teens are not too stupid to understand these things, but having spent some time as a reporter, I don’t believe that… Read full this story
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