When I was younger, I swore to myself that I would never be a clueless old moron with no idea what it washappening in the world, but I realized today that it’s time to let go of that dream. What I’m saying isthe viral video of his week broken Me. Although it’s literally my job to understand what young people are doing, I can’t see a single reason why millions of children I watched this stupid video. But they have.

Fortunately, I still understand why young people watch Legal Department, getting sucked into fast food conspiracies and taking drugs that make them the impression they just got heroin.

Everybody’s watching Legal Department

In unexpected media news, a comedy/reality show from the relatively obscure Freee streaming serviceee is the new heat this week. Legal Departmentthe audience is apparently largely thanks to TikTok, where #jurydutyonfreevee has over 218 million views and counting—figures that marketing departments behind big budget HBO Max watch would kill for.

Jury duty the premise is a throwback to classic reality shows of yesteryear: a real person is placed in a fake jury for a fake trial; hilarity And clumsiness result. The show is perfect for bite-sized internet clips and conceptually hits the sweet spot of the post-truth moment. PAdditionally, it showcases the unique talents of Los Angeles improv artists, i.e. it’s really funny – and the rube at the center of it all seems to be just a lovely guy.

TikTok gives terrible diet advice

It’s depressing that the same generation that loudly advocates body acceptance simultaneously spreads the worst weight loss advice imaginable. It’s hard to imagine that a single application could contain the volume of evil advice on #diettokso I will restrict my focus on one thing: videos that promote unreasonable and unhealthy methods to lose weight fast. These videos generally offer “advice” it’s like starving yourself, losing water weight or just old fashioned lies.

Watch this video promoting a “probiotic” as a way to lose seven pounds in a week. Sure, that could technically “work”, but that’s a bad idea, and would mainly cause you to lose water weight. TikTok isn’t all bad advice — there are plenty of sane suggestions mixed in with snake oil — but the whole concept of dieting is suspect, like this article from Lifehacker’s Beth Warecki explain. I guess I was hoping the younger generation wouldn’t fall into the same traps we did..

Who is Jordan the Stallion and why does he know all the secrets of McDonald’s?

Speaking of unhealthy eating, TikToker Jordan the Stallion build a TikTok and instagram empire over a simple idea: bcoming the self-proclaimed chef of the Fast Food Secrets Club, expose the skeletons in the cupboards of various restaurant chains. So far, more than 9 million people follow him on TikTok alone, hungry for insider fare on mcdonalds, Dominoes, Krispy Kreme, and others. Most of what he shares isn’t so secretive, but his whispery, conspiratorial tone makes you feel as if you were obtaining inside information, or are part of an underground clique devoted to bargains and cheap food. It’s such a good schtick, Jordan says fast food companies have started reaching out to him-maybe to find out how he knows what he knows or to give him “secrets” they want to reveal so more people show up to order their awful food.

What is it to be “zombie”?

We’ve all heard of being ghosted – that’s when a would-being a romantic partner disappears on you without explanation – but have you ever been “zombie?” The term was coined by singer Mariel Darling: “Have you ever been a ghost, except they keep coming back?” It’s called being a zombie. she explains.

Darling’s first video describing the term went mildly viral, so she’s really leaning in hardrepeating a few sound clips in several videos and even write a song about it. It’s a terrible song, and everything is great boring. I hope I never hear that word again, and I say it like a big fan of George Romero. BBut if the term catches on, it is the cultural ground zero: the moment the first human was infected by the undead.

New drug alert: “gas station heroin”

Back in my day we smoked weed and were bombarded with cheap vodka and we were happy to but today’s children take Tianeptine. The stuff isn’t FDA-approved, but since it’s sold in supplement form, it’s easy to get anywhere except Michigan, Minnesota, and Alabama. An antidepressant, Tianeptine is said to have similar effects to strong narcotics, hence the name of the streetgas station heroine. Like its namesake, Tianeptine can lead to abuse, addiction, overdose, and death, according to the FDA.

“There is absolutely no understanding of dosage,” said Dr. Kirsten Smith, a researcher at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said NewsNationNow, “IIt is not approved for medical use. And it is absolutely not approved as a dietary supplement. In fact, it’s actually on the FDA’s list of substances of concern. As anyone remembers the days of sale of over-the-counter salvia knows wellthese words are music to the ears of a mute adolescent.

Viral video of the week: one, two, buckle my shoe

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Sometimes videos go viral for incomprehensible reasons. VSgo there until the mysteries of the almighty algorithm or the position of the stars, but this week the children share a short TikTok that a riffs on it “One, two, buckle my shoe” nursery rhyme you probably remember from kindergarten. I am far, path outside of the demographic group that can make the difference between that particular child (EdmondX) say something stupid in a video, and the hundreds of thousands of other kids who say something stupid in videos every day. But so far, Edmond’s video has over 50 million views on TikTok, and the others have like 9. Something about his high-pitched chirp and the stupidity on his partjoke” has young people around the world watching, sharing and rememberinging, but what is this? Life is often mysterious.