Before we get into this the predictions for 2022 , let ’ s check the scorecard for 2021 .
Last year ’ s highly informed guesses were :
1 ) Something that looks like normal , but still kind of different .
That was referring to the pandemic , meaning we might kind of be out of the pandemic thanks to vaccines , but people would still be treating some things differently . It was so vague it should have worked . That ’ s the trick to predictions . This is big swing and a miss . We were fully in the pandemic last summer , even with a vaccine , with hospitals bursting at the seams . Best to not dwell on this . 2 ) Back in the national news . Uh , yep . It wasn ’ t for anything great . 3 ) The next weird health food trend ( chia seeds ). Maybe . There do seem to be more things with chia seeds .
4 ) Something else viral , like as in something trivial but kind of famous on social media .
Kind of stumped on that one . It seems like if something really big came out of here , we would remember it .
5 ) Belt buckles as a new fashion trend . Yeah , no . So , with that woeful performance behind us , let ’ s see what we can come up with for 2022 .
1 ) The Metaverse will be popular , for weirdos .
Facebook is calling its collection of products Meta . The digital , kind of virtual space to use those is the Metaverse . Could it be a breakthrough in networking , working and education ? It sure seems like it could be . Will it be filled with trolls and harassment ? Almost certainly .
2 ) Comic Book movies will be less successful .
They gotta be , right ? The original big properties like Spiderman , Avengers , Batman , Superman have kind of been stretched to the limit . The secondtier things , or the next Marvel entires , probably won ’ t be as popular because the lore is better known to the hardcore comics fan . We do , expect , that there will be continued success with the things that are streaming on Disney +.
3 ) Speaking of films … more productions will be shot in or around Stillwater .
Like , the film “ Stillwater .” Here ’ s a bit of trivia . Did you know the film rebate program in Oklahoma was created through something called the Compete with Canada Act ? What did Canada ever do to us ?
4 ) Another big celebrity or two will stop by . Is this cheating , piggybacking on the movie thing , or is it cheating knowing that we have the McKnight Center here and they ’ ll be inviting some pretty famous folks to perform . Yes . Yes it is . Predictions are hard .
5 ) Fashion . We ’ re bad at this . How about tube tops ? Head bands ? Capes ? If we see one person walking around next year in a cape , we ’ re counting it .
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