taken from WIKIPEDIA…..
A fad is any form of behavior that develops among a large population and is collectively followed enthusiastically for a period of time, generally as a result of the behavior being perceived as popular by one’s peers or being deemed “cool” by social media. A fad is said to “catch on” when the number of people adopting it begins to increase rapidly. The behavior will normally fade quickly once the perception of novelty is gone.
I think since I’ve re-activated myself on the online occult community and started wandering around the blog-o-sphere as well, I’ve seen enough fads bloom and wither.
I remember my first outing in the world wide net; chaos magick was SUPER BIG, everyone and their mum was a chaote, I probably read Grant Morrisons POPMAGICK a zillion times, just to glean that nugget of knowledge in there.
Then I took a really long journey of self introspection (aka flung myself into the world bat crazee), and when I came back – the occult online community was flourishing; blogs were in, everyone was blogging, forums where everywhere, website about every or any type of tradition/system is up and running, hoodoo & ATR was super big as well.
Now, from a recent post I’ve seen from a fellow; Hekate & St Cyprian are the newest “IT” fads we all have to work with.
Personally, I stay away from fads – it’s not something that I do just for the sake of rebelling against the counter culture (rebelling against the rebellion…..huh?). I really just follow where the wind takes me and most of the time, it’s away from what people think are cool.
I prefer to be the trendsetter, lol.
For example, I haven’t seen the full series of “Battlestar Galactica”, haven’t seen “Lost”, never seen an episode of “Walking Dead”. The only show that I’ve watched that probably mainstream is “Game Of Thrones” but I do love the fantasy setting so….
I also stay away from internet occult celebrities, it’s just not my style – too flashy, I always prefer to be the guy in the shadows, the guy you know that’ll get it done. Also, I just don’t know if they are really legit or not, stories tend to take life on their own and grow into something big and FANTASTICAL.
Overall, fads bore me – I think they are just not cool. But don’t trust me on that, I watch old detective movies and wish I can drive to work w/ my horse and poncho, lol :D