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The first week of 2022 is already chaotic
What energy is guiding you to the beginning of 2022? For some, it is a chaotic energy—Like Pabst Blue Ribbon’s (now removed) tweet about what you should do instead of dry January. Or perhaps you’re following Elmo refuses to believe a pet stone is real. “The way @elmo refuses to let Zoey spark him is the kind of energy I bring to 2022,” @LilyMarsWrites tweeted. There’s a lot of “damn” energy around.
Part of that is because we now have imported third year of the pandemicand the United States hit more than a million cases in Monday. Looking ahead is difficult. But people are still trying to make the best of 2022, either by playing the latest popular online jigsaw puzzle (see below) or by trying to revive old fashion trends. Come on. This is going to be another weird year.
–Tiffany Kelly, culture editor
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What is the deal with Wordle?
Wordle, an everyday word game that asked players to guess a five-letter word within six attempts, took over Twitter after the New Year. Sure, memes are starting to take over, too.
Even if you’ve never played Wordle, you might recognize it from the emoji that popped up on Twitter recently. Tweets typically consist of a sequence of green, yellow, and black or white squares.
It’s a low-stakes game that costs nothing to play — you don’t even need an app for it, you can go to a website — but the emoji format lets you brag about puzzle solving. Plus, as you learn the backstory of how Josh Wardle created the original game for his partner, The game even gets a little romantic.
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–Michelle Jaworski, staff writer
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Is a twee ‘revival’ happening on TikTok?
As the new year approaches, a new TikTok renaissance, however, in the end, Zooey Deschanel (who joined TikTok last year) may be in charge here.
As embedded suggested recently, TikTok appears to be experiencing a “twee revival”, although not too many twees as it relates to British indie music of the 80s and 90s. No, this is the Tumblr kind of tweet of the 2010s.
2008 She & Him song “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?” comes with many TweeTok videos. (It’s been used in over 3,600 TikToks.) This aesthetic resurgence may also coincide with 2009’s Deschanel rom-com (500 summer days to Hulu last year.
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–Audra Schroeder, senior writer
Now playing: “The top layer of soil“Of Green-House
* First published: January 7, 2022, 11:43 a.m. CST
Tiffany Kelly is the culture editor of the Daily Dot. Previously, she worked at Ars Technica and Wired. Her writing has appeared in a number of other print and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Popular Mechanics, and GQ.
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