Apparently Endless Bachelorette Parties Are a New Thing

The New York Times Weddings section, forever on the beat of things that are hot and sexy, draws our attention to a new trend for brides: taking weekend trips for their bachelorette parties with their besties and/or having more than one bachelorette party. In general, neither of these ideas seems entirely new. What… » 10/25/13 7:00pm 10/25/13 7:00pm

Clingy Millennials Are Texting Their Moms

Not content to leave all those trend pieces to its rival the Grey Lady, the Wall Street Journal joins us this week to let the world know that millennials like to text and Gchat with their moms, especially while at work. Click out of this box and get over to your email to send this link to the woman that birthed you… » 7/31/13 3:00pm 7/31/13 3:00pm

A Definitive Guide to Gay Weddings as Told by the Media

Did you know people who aren't straight can get married now? Well they can! Only in certain states, but in other states they can have very similar ceremonies that you can call a wedding. What's hard is that if you're gay, you don't know how to have a wedding. They are totally different than straight weddings, for… » 6/25/13 4:30pm 6/25/13 4:30pm

Drunken Cornell Students Troll the New York Times

For a trendpiece on how social media is killing the college bar, the New York Times headed upstate to prep Bacchanalia Cornell University to get some juicy quotes from bros and bro-ettes just trying to enjoy a fishbowl full of vodka in peace before heading back to a fraternity house for some sex. And while the piece… » 9/27/12 11:10am 9/27/12 11:10am

Hanging in the Ladies' Room Just, Like, Networking and Stuff

NY Mag's Daily Intel pokes fun at trend pieces about lady-bonding spots and declares the women's bathroom the new place to network: » 6/08/12 6:30pm 6/08/12 6:30pm

Nazi Haircut Trend Sweeps Nation

"A Haircut Returns, From The 1930s" reads like such a typical New York Times trend piece headline. Oh, whatever could it be? Are finger-curls coming back? Shall we witness the return of bobs? Oh. No such luck. The Times alleges that people are walking into barber shops and asking for Hitler hairdos. » 11/16/11 4:00pm 11/16/11 4:00pm

Bargain Shop-aholism Is The Hottest -Aholism of 2010

Websites like have offered consumers unprecedented, exciting access to flash deals that must be purchased without much time to mull over their usefulness. And now we're all addicted to bargains. » 12/19/10 3:35pm 12/19/10 3:35pm

Everyone Stop Freaking Out About Successful Women

Many women still struggle for equal pay, but every media outlet is suddenly eager to tell us we've gotten too big for our britches. Here's why all those articles on successful women and supposed "role reversals" are missing the point. » 12/06/10 4:15pm 12/06/10 4:15pm

Laura Ashley And Goths Are The Future Of Fashion

Far too rarely does fashion ask the question, 'What would happen if a bunch of FLDS children hung out with a bunch of goths in an old AOL chat room?' Luckily, for that we have a little magazine called Dis. » 8/12/10 5:27pm 8/12/10 5:27pm

The story was shot by Marco Roso and styled by Lauren Boyle. For some reason, this kid is my favorite. …

Why Trend Journalism Is Breath-Takingly Stupid (Or: Brooklynites Like…

I expect trend pieces to be bad. I expect them to be superficial, hacky, tendentious, filled with irritating neologisms, short-sighted, over-determined, thesis-driven and not truly "reported," and to be built around quotes from the author's own friends. This is journalism. » 5/25/10 3:40pm 5/25/10 3:40pm

Pregnant Pause: Knocked-Up Brides Are In, Declares Reporter

It's not exactly surprising that most people now accept a pregnant bride, and are willing to celebrate her big day, even with a baby bump. But is this a "trend"? And was it started by... J. Lo? » 4/23/10 11:30am 4/23/10 11:30am

The Age Of Niceness — And Recycling

Meredith Bryan writes in the New York Observer that today's Internet is a place "of support and earnest civility, where community-members "retweet" or "reblog" each other's bon mots." Apparently, writers also "recycle" each other's trend pieces. » 2/24/10 1:40pm 2/24/10 1:40pm

Japan's "Girly Men" Choose Cakes Over Consumerism

Another Monday, another trend piece about seemingly-strange Japanese subculture. Today it's "girly men" — young guys who may be straight but still enjoy baking and wearing bras. » 11/02/09 9:30am 11/02/09 9:30am

The Telegraph » 9/02/08 10:20am 9/02/08 10:20am has unearthed a on YouTube in which young women post videos of themselves begging for sex to get revenge on their cheating boyfriends. Sadly, two of the videos that are evidence of this "trend" are obvious fakes. One (link NSFW) shows a blonde woman robotically reading from a script and then directing…