Nine Things to Know About When Talking to Teens

The Paper Wolf and Guerrilla Wolves film club combined forces to quiz various faculty members on teen pop culture references. The results indicated that, as one would probably guess, the generation gap is as wide as it ever was.

Faculty members Liz Brett, Joe Dickens, and Barrett Baumgartner respond to pop culture questions. Click here to view.

Faculty members Liz Brett, Joe Dickens, and Barrett Baumgartner respond.
Click here to view.

For future reference, here are the correct answers to the pop culture questions from the above video, and nine topics that nearly any teen can discuss in great depth.


1. Sharknado

Sharknado is a science fiction horror-action-thriller that was originally made as a TV movie. The film is about a tornado sweeping up a group of sharks that somehow manage to not only live inside the tornado, but also thrive within it. The sharks attack Los Angelas via tornado, creating a Sharknado.


2. Instagram

Instagram is a social media app available on smartphones and tablet devices that allows people to take, edit, and share pictures and videos.


3. The Fox

The Fox” is a comedy music video from Ylvis; a Norwegian comedy duo consisting of brothers Bård and Vegard Ylvisåker. The video was made as a joke, but somehow went viral on YouTube, prompting teens across the world to question, what indeed does the fox say?


4. Memes

Memes are cultural symbols, typically pictures with a specific theme, mostly seen on the internet. For example, one meme known as “Bad Luck Brian” is an awkward school picture of a teenage boy, with a short, humorous, usually witty caption describing his bad luck.


5. Fred Figglehorn

Fred Figglehorn is the fictitious YouTube alter ego of Lucas Cruikshank. Lucas’s Fred character has a high-pitched voice, an abusive mother, and ADHD. The majority of Fred’s YouTube videos involve him getting himself into trouble, but only after roughly five or so minutes of his childish antics.


6. Snapchat

Snapchat is an application for smartphones that allows users to share pictures and videos. Users are also given the choice to add short texts and draw on photographs to be sent. The catch to Snapchat however, is that users have no record of the pictures or videos sent after they time out. Snapchats have a lifespan varying from one to ten seconds.


7. Hashtag

A “hashtag” is an octothorp (#) used on social media apps such as Twitter, Vine, and Instagram. Hashtags are used to prefix a phrase or word in order to categorize or “tag” general themes carried in a user’s posts.


8. Rebecca Black

Rebecca Black is a teenage girl whose mother paid $4,000 to ARK Music Factory – a record company known for writing and producing lousy music videos with amateur teenage singers. Rebecca’s most “popular” song was “Friday,” which was released in 2011. Between February and June of 2011, “Friday” gained around 167-million views, giving Rebecca a net worth of about 1.2-million dollars.


9. Gangnam Style

Gangnam Style” is a Korean-Hiphop song by an artist named Psy. Released in 2012, “Gangnam Style” became the first YouTube video to reach one billion views. The song has since then, been dubbed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most liked video on YouTube, as well as the Best Music Video at the MTV EUROPE Music Awards.

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