A peek into the topics buzzing at Cassandra

It's that time of the week! Friday comes back again with a hectic week, so it's 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 issues Gen Z can't stop discussing. Today, we'll discuss the Maui wildfires TikTok coverage, the fun "girl math" discourse, and skip Millennial Tay tay's 1989 announcement so we can instead talk about Gen Z Lil Tay's controversy— all this and more in this week's edition of Viral News.


The past few days have been filled with Social Media posts covering the wildfires happening in Hawaii, specifically in the Lahaina region, that have taken over the area. The devastating images show the destruction in the town and have helped spread information on the horrific events. Unfortunately, the death toll is still not set —so far, 53 lives have been lost, and innumerable historic sites have been destroyed. As a source of hope, Hawaiian MMA fighter Illima-Lei MacFarlane joined forces with meme-centric Instagram page Quentin Quarantino (not to be confused with the film director) to multiply the reach of a fundraiser she organized for the reconstruction of Lahaina, reaching over a million dollars in just a day.


From the creators of Girl Dinner —not really— comes Girl Math. The new fun term gaining popularity on TikTok consists of explaining the logical leaps and justifications we give ourselves to assign meaning to our actions in the pursuit of joy. From assuming that paying in cash means something is free to calculating the daily use of an item and seeing how actually we're "saving money," girl math shows how Gen Z is all on board with forming narratives that creatively allow them to rationalize their spending habits. On TikTok, #girlmath has over 25 million views, and the videos provide hundreds of new strategies and advice on how to apply girl math to your everyday ridiculous purchases. Being a girl is not a requisite to participate in this movement, but being silly is. There's no such thing as a "wrong" way to do girl math; the only rule is that you have to be clever and have fun with it!


The controversial teen rapper that rose to fame in 2018 because of her young age and eccentric lifestyle filled with luxury and extravagance —and questionable language for a 9-year-old— is back in the headlines after a 5-year-long hiatus. The last time we heard from her, she was taking a break from her career and in the middle of a custody battle between her parents. The Canadian influencer's 3.4 million followers were shocked and saddened on Wednesday evening when a post on her Instagram account claimed she had died. However, it has been revealed that the post was fake, that Lil Tay is alive and well, and that her social media was hacked. On the investigative side of TikTok, questions are coming up left and right, especially in the comments of videos that try to explain and report what transpired. The mystery will surely resolve sooner rather than later, and we can probably all count on a podcast coming soon!