A peek into the topics buzzing at Cassandra

It's the middle of the month and the end of the week! Time to talk about the most relevant internet news of the past seven days. Culture moves fast, and we at Cassandra try to move even faster to keep up with all the relevant issues Gen Z can't stop discussing. This week we'll explain the new TikTok Spider-trend, discuss how a group of young people is suing the Montana government over negligent climate crisis policies, and finally tackle the ongoing battle between Swifties and resellers. All this and more in this week's edition of Viral News!

Image of Spider-man from Across the Spider-verse with the text, "#canonevent" below


The new TikTok trend, inspired by the new and very popular movie Spider-man: Across the Spider-verse, is taking over the app as we speak. Currently raking over 173 million views, the idea of a #canonevent is to highlight the kind of situations we know are mistakes but they "are necessary to the plot.” These seemingly unavoidable events help to shape who the person is meant to become, build character, or are just necessary rites of passage. There's even a random Canon event generator filter. This trend also brings up the opportunity for users to treat their own missteps with more acceptance and compassion, understanding that their mistakes are all a part of their story. A wholesome trend? Sign us up!

Text saying "The Held v. State of Montana" on top of an icon of Montana State


The actual case's name is The Held v. State of Montana, but it wasn't as catchy of a headline. The legal battle is led by a group of sixteen plaintiffs aged 5 to 22 who are suing the state of Montana, accusing its officials of prioritizing the fossil fuel industry over cleaner energy options and violating their constitutional right to a clean and healthy environment. The Our Children's Trust organization is coordinating the Gen Z and Gen Alpha complainants in this endeavor, which focuses on challenging the legislations around mining, petroleum refining, oil, and gas industries and demanding a transition to clean energy by 2050. The trial began on Monday, and even though similar attempts have been made unsuccessfully in other states, the plaintiffs say it's necessary to put their voices out there. In the words of one of their witnesses, UM Prof. Steve Running: "What has been shown in history over and over and over again is that when a significant social movement is needed, it's often been started by one or two or three people."

Image of a concert crowd with the text, "Swifties vs. Ticketmaster" overlayed


Adding to the list of young people putting themselves in David and Goliath situations, let's talk about Swifties. If there's something we can always recommend to brands, companies, industries, politicians, etc., it is to never mess with fandoms. Three Swifties are fighting the good fight against giant resellers after the chaos that started with the big Ticketmaster debacle of 2022. At the moment, Taylor Swift's Eras Tour is one of the most expensive tickets to acquire from a reseller anywhere in the country, but a trio of 20-somethings created an alternative that allows fans to get tickets face-value linking them to swifties sellers directly through their @ErasTourResell Twitter handle. The volunteer operation became a full-time job for them and has managed to connect over 3,000 swifties with their precious tickets. Please notice how we resisted using a song lyric reference in this entire entry. Growth.