Heard of it? Probably - a dance craze that has gone 'viral'.
Module 1 - how do viral trends use communication technologies?
Modules 2 and 3 - Fads, trends, the ways that generations understand and develop cultural 'norms'. We have had people mention that performance trends , yes and visual graphic trends, are related to our work practice as external influences. This is where looking at the phenomenon by talking to other practitioners or a bit of expertise from your field - along with literature about the topic area you are looking at - helps to understand and gather knowledge about our social and workplace practice.
So the harlem shake as an example
Showing my age - remember the Rocky Horror fad - it happened a lot later in the states...
If I was looking at the Harvard Shake as a topic - or trends in dance - I would have to look at first hand knowledge because articles might be on the web - blogs editorials online periodicals - but they would not yet be in peer reviewed journals - so I would have to look at similar phenomenon to think about this particular dance craze.
Try it out as an example? and put in comments if you find anything to share and I will do the same.
Follow up - the Harlem Shake may have serious consequences http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21627500
but the journalist Yolande Knell has also signposted us to a webiste about the popularity of social media
from Reston VA so it must be right (?).
AND the Royal Ballet School has gotten in on the act - is it in your Patch of the world?