Dropped topics brought to light


Natalie Larimer, Online Sub-Editor

There are a lot of things I’ve thought of recently that were talked about 24/7 a couple weeks ago, but then just fell off the face of the earth. Here’s a list of things that just stopped existing in our minds and what actually happened to them.

  • Ebola

I have not heard someone say Ebola since last year. It was the most Googled word in 2014, but then we just stopped. Whatever happened to it? Well, the main reason we ever freaked out about Ebola was because there were cases in the US and there was a huge issue with travel between countries. We got our act together and the crisis situation in America subsided, however, it’s still a major problem in those other countries. But as long as America is okay nothing else matters right? (Please pick up the sarcasm here).

  • Ferguson

Last August, Ferguson, Missouri essentially flipped over and everything went crazy. There were peaceful protests, not-so-peaceful protests and police brutality everywhere. Movements like #BlackLivesMatter, Hands Up Don’t Shoot, and I Can’t Breathe started and encompassed the globe. But then the new year hit and the chatter stifled. It’s difficult to find a current update, but from what I can tell, Ferguson calmed down. The memorial to Michael Brown is still being vandalized, the movements are still in full swing, but as far as I can tell, there are no more protests in Ferguson.

  • Kony 2012

I don’t even know.

  • Homecoming TP

On a local scale, the homecoming shenanigans were the most talked about events for weeks. Now they’re collecting dust in the back of our memories. I think the reason for that one is that nobody actually got in trouble for their actions. We had a big threat of suspensions and worse, but nothing actually happened.

  • Lanyards

We argued and protested and whined about these lanyards for months, but nobody seems to care anymore. Except for the fair few, we all just suck it up and wear the lanyards. Why bother anymore right?

Referencing my “Attention span of a goldfish” column, it sounds like we move on pretty quickly.