~ Dialogue ~ Topic 16 ~ Fads, Trends, and Fashion ~ Discuss Questions and Answers ~

 

1) What is a trend? Is it the same as a fad? How are they the same/different?

Perhaps, a trend is long-lasting and has some significance in culture and development.

On the other hand, a fad is often short-lived and usually has little (if any) cultural value.

 

2) How do trends (auto-vacuums) and fads (children’s toys) affect you?

I like the trends in technology. They usually help us save time and effort. But some

trends seem foolish (self-driving cars). Fads waste money (especially for parents).

 

3) Do you pay attention to global trends? How do they affect your life?

I’m more interested in national and local trends such as how politics affect our lives.

Though global trends (climate change) sometimes influence us for better or worse.

 

4) What were some fads or trends when you were in high school? Are they still popular?

That was a long time ago. I think the fads outweighed the trends. Pokeman, Smurfs,

rollerblading, and tattoos come to mind. Which are fads and which are trends, I can’t say.

 

5) What are some fads or trends in your country now? How did they come about?

Now, I think the trend is moving toward populism. That is, the common people versus

‘the elite’. It emerges in poor societies. Fads? Well, they come and go… cartoon socks?

 

6) What are the current trends in smart phones? What apps are trendy? Why?

Everyone over the age of 6 or 7 seems to have one. This is a significant trend.

Gaming is the dominant application among youth and even adults. It’s not a fad.

 

7) What are the current trends in music? Is music as influential as it was in the past?

Here, pop music prevails. It’s strictly managed by music production companies.

It’s a commercial phenomenon. Having said that, I prefer other forms of music.

 

8) Who is the most trendy/influential person in your country? Why do you think so?

I would answer that question, but the idea of trend, fad, and fame seem like a waste

of time. Better question: Who, in your country, contributes to a better society?

 

9) Who is the most influential person in the global community? Why do you think so?

To this day, I think Albert Einstein is most influential. Let me explain, he proved

science can solve universal problems. We need to channel his energy into the future.

 

10) Are trends a healthy aspect of society? How so? Can we live without trends?

You can no more eliminate trends than you can get rid of charity, business, love, or crime.

Trends make up both progress and regress. Call it evolution. Call it fate. It’s here for good.

 

 

~ Original Questions ~  Fads, Trends, and Fashion Choose the questions you like ~

 

Group A

1) What is a trend? Is it difficult to define? Is it the same as a fad? If not, how so?

2) Do you pay attention to trends in your country? How do they affect your life?

3) Do you pay attention to global trends? How do they affect your life?

4) What were some fads or trends when you were in high school? Are they still popular?

5) What were some fads or trends when you were in college? Are they still popular?

 

Group B

1) What are some fads or trends in your country now? How did they come about?

2) Why do you think people follow trends? Is it because of a lack of imagination? Explain.

3) What fad or trend influenced you most in your life (music, fashion, art, sports, etc.)?

4) Who creates fads and/or trends? Is it conscious? If so, are there negative consequences?

5) What is the role of media when it comes to fads and/or trends? How pervasive is it?

 

Group C

1) What are the current trends in fashion? Do you care? Why or why not?

2) What are the current trends in smart phones? What apps are trendy? Why?

3) What are the current trends in TV, books, and/or movies? Why do you think so?

4) What are the current trends in music? Is music as influential as it was in the past? How so?

5) What can you learn about your culture by examining/deconstructing the current trends?

 

Group D

1) What can you learn about global culture by examining/deconstructing the current trends?

2) Who is the most influential person in your country? Why do you think so?

3) Who is the most influential person in the global community? Why do you think so?

4) How do you define non-conformity? Is it an act of rebellion against trends? How so?

5) Are trends a healthy aspect of society? How so? Can we live without trends?

 

Group E

1) What is your favorite clothing brand? Why do you like it? How much do you spend on it?

2) What are the most popular makes of cars in your country? Why do people want them?

3) What do you think of fur? Should it be banned? Why do people want to protect animals?

4) Will fashion be important in the future? What situations could cause the end of fashion?

5) What role does fashion play in a democratic society? in an autocratic society?

 

 

~ Food for Thought ~ Topic 16 ~ Fads, Trends, and Fashions ~ Explore the Topic ~

 

A fad or craze is any form of collective behavior that develops within a culture, a generation or social group in which a group of people enthusiastically follow an impulse for a finite period.

Fads are objects or behaviors that achieve short-lived popularity but fade away. Fads are often seen as sudden, quick-spreading, and short-lived. Fads include diets, clothing, hairstyles, toys, and more. Some popular fads throughout history are toys such as yo-yos, hula hoops, and fad dances such as the Macarena and the Twist.

Similar to habits or customs but less durable, fads often result from an activity or behavior being perceived as emotionally popular or exciting within a peer group, or being deemed "cool" as often promoted by social networks. A fad is said to "catch on" when the number of people adopting it begins to increase to the point of being noteworthy. Fads fade quickly when the perception of novelty is gone.

 

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Retro Trust

We tend to trust things we have a history with. “People like nostalgic experiences.” With tech moving as fast as it is, old things are quickly getting replaced by shinier, newer, often more complex things. But not everyone’s jumping on board—and some who’ve been on board are choosing to jump off in favor of what worked for them in the past.

 

Innovation Envy

Innovation has become an over-used word, to the point that it’s thrown onto ideas and actions that aren’t really innovative at all. “We innovate by looking at someone else and doing the same.”

 

Artificial Influence

Thanks to social media and other technologies, there are a growing number of fabricated things that, despite not being real, influence how we think. “15 percent of all Twitter accounts may be fake, and there are 60 million fake Facebook accounts.”

 

Robot Renaissance

From automating factory jobs to flipping burgers to cleaning our floors, robots have firmly taken their place in our day-to-day lives—and they’re not going away anytime soon. “There are more situations with robots than ever before.”

 

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Lesson Procedures/How to make a lesson

 

1) To begin, as a class, in groups, or in pairs, select the questions youd like to talk about. 

2) Then, ask questions and share ideas in your conversations. Take notes. Take equal turns.

3) Share your ideas (each individual) in a classroom discussion (as prepared in 1, 2, and 3).

 

There are three sections for each topic:

 

1) Dialogue: There are ten selected questions presented with sample answers.

                   The sample answers are given to assist the learners in creating

                     their own answers. They tend to use a casual speaking style.

 

2) Original Questions: There are five groups of five questions with no answers.

                                           They are introduced to give more choices to learners.

 

3) Food for Thought: Definitions, ideas, and links are offered for discussion and exploration.

 

Explore the possibilities. Use the web. Make your own questions. Take equal turns.

 

 

 

~ Topic 16 ~ Fads and Trends ~ Questions for Conversation ~

Honor your mistakes, they will lead to learning...

Through this learning, more mistakes will be made…

Through this process, mistakes are no longer mistakes…

They become the act of learning.

 

TLW

 

                          

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