13 Internet Moments That Will Turn 10 in 2024, From Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ to ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’

In 2014, Obama was president, YA crushed at the box office (Divergent, The fault in our stars, And The hunger Games the films were all dropped that year), and the iPhone 6 was the most successful technological version.

It was a simpler time, online and offline, which means this list of internet moments will make you feel something. Let that feeling be “Wow, was that 10 years ago?” or “There’s a reason I forgot this happened”, well… it’s #noneofmybusiness.

1. The 1989 time

Taylor Swift performs during her 1989 Secret Session with iHeartRadio on October 27, 2014 in New York.  She's wearing white and a neon sign that says "TS 1989" shines behind her.

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Taylor Swift 1989 can I have online leak a few days before its release, but that didn’t stop it from becoming the biggest album of the year. The tracks “Blank Space” and “Shake It Off” lampooned Swift’s reputation as a serialist, “Style” and “Out of the Woods” fanned the dying embers of her relationship with Harry Styles, and the star-studded video for “Bad Blood” ignited rumors about his alleged conflict with Katy Perry. The project, what Swift called it “first official pop album”, won him a Grammy for Album of the Year and was the second best-selling album of 2014 (beaten only by the Frozen soundtrack.)

2. Five Nights at Freddy’s

The popular indie horror video game series, better known online as FNaF, launched in 2014. The player takes on the role of a night-shift security guard at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, where animatronics are possessed by the souls of murdered children. Emerging game creators like PewDiePie And Markiplier leveraged their over-the-top reactions to the game’s scares to create a following. Now nine episodes long, the franchise has spawned spinoffs, merchandise, lore, theories, and, again this year, a movie with Josh Hutcherson.

3. Ice Bucket Challenge

Heidi Klum (in a dark pink sequin dress) pours a bucket of ice water over Tim Gunn (in costume) during the Project Runway season 13 finale show on September 5, 2014. They are on a white runway.

Heidi Klum throws a bucket of ice water on Tim Gunn during the Project Runway season 13 finale on September 5, 2014.
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What would you do for a good cause? For celebrities and laypeople alike in 2014, it was doused with a bucket of ice water. Videos of these shivering dunks were posted on social media, where the dunked person nominated others to complete the challenge within 24 hours or to donate to ALS research.

Started by Pete Frates, a former baseball player with ALS, the Ice Bucket Challenge aimed to raise awareness of the neurological disorder. It turned out to be a great success. Turns out people loved watching famous people dunking. The challenge rose during 220 million dollars worldwide for ALS research.

4. Elevator-door (AKA the fight between Solange and Jay-Z)

A blurry black and white image of the elevator seen from above.  Jay-Z, Solange and their bodyguard are visible.

TMZ’s thumbnail video of the fight included helpful notations about which blurry figure was which.
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Images from TMZ Jay-Z and Solange Knowles face off in an elevator after the Met Gala in May 2014, shocked the internet and sparked intense speculation about what might have caused the altercation. In the video, Solange can be seen punching and kicking the rapper with a passion that many online attribute to her fierce loyalty to her sister. Did Jay cheat? Beneath their friendly public facade, did the two men secretly hate each other?

Ten days after the incident, the family issued a press release that read in part: “Jay and Solange each take responsibility for what happened… We have put this behind us and hope that everyone world will do the same. same.” But in 2017, Beyoncé noted that she hadn’t really moved on. On a remix of her song “Flawless,” she sang, in reference to her family’s approximate net worth, “Sure, sometimes , shit goes down when there’s a billion dollars in an elevator.”

5. “Forget it”

Frozen may have been released in November 2013, but “Let It Go” was a staple for all of 2014. terribly talented Idina Menzel voiced the misunderstood Elsa, whose empowering ballad was parodied, memorized and ultimately adopted as a gay anthem. “Let It Go” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, topped music charts around the world, and drove countless parents around the world crazy.

6. Ellen’s Oscar selfie

Ellen DeGeneres’ famous selfie, taken while she hosted the 2014 Oscars, featured enough star power to set records. Legends like Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, and Lupita Nyong’o mixed with (less legendary) figures like Channing Tatum in what quickly became the most retweeted photo in Twitter history at the time.

The casual, chaotic energy of the image contrasted with the haughty prestige of the event, highlighting social media’s ability to humanize the Hollywood celebrities we usually look down on from a pedestal. Multimillionaires… they are like us!

7. Kim Kardashian’s “Breaking the Internet” Photo Shoot

In 2014, PAPER published a well-titled issue “Break the Internet” which featured Kim Kardashian (then West) naked on its cover. The photo of Kardashian showing off and balancing a glass of champagne on her baby-oiled behind immediately inspired a parade of memes and parodies. It also sparked intense discussions, both online and offline, about body image and the role of social media in celebrity culture.

8. Goodbye, Felicia

Felicia was a minor character in the 1995 film Friday, but in 2014, it became one of the biggest memes of the decade. “Goodbye, Felicia,” Ice Cube’s kiss-off to the film’s character, became a common way of saying a dismissive farewell or responding to people or situations that seemed unimportant, unwelcome, or irrelevant.

9. Conscious uncoupling

Paltrow and Martin at a gala in 2014.

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In 2014, actress Gwyneth Paltrow and musician Chris Martin announced their separation in a public statement titled “Conscious Uncoupling.” The phrase describes an approach to divorce that prioritizes emotional and personal growth, especially when children are involved. It was invented in 2009 by a therapist Katherine Woodward Thomas but took on a life of its own once Paltrow gave it a platform.

Like much of what Paltrow popularized through her wellness and lifestyle brand “Goop,” “Conscious Uncoupling” was parodied in the press but was ultimately a harbinger of modern attitudes towards parenting, including the current trend of “gentle parenting” popularized by TikTok. .

10. Hot Criminal

Right: Meeks' original photo.  Left: Meeks walking the Philipp Plein show during New York Fashion Week 2017.

Right: Meeks’ original photo. Left: Meeks walking the Philipp Plein show during New York Fashion Week 2017.
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In 2014, Jeremy Meeks’ photo was uploaded to Facebook by the Stockton Police Department in California. In 24 hours, the photo garnered more than 15,000 likes and 3,500 comments and earned him unexpected fame under the nickname “sexy criminal”.

After serving time in prison for gun possession, Meeks began a successful modeling career. Meeks’ infamy is one of the earliest and most striking examples of viral celebrity’s penchant for unconventional stories and conventional beauty.

11. But it’s none of my business

In 2014, a screenshot of Kermit the Frog sipping tea in a Lipton commercial became one of the Internet’s most recognizable memes. Captioned “But it’s none of my business”, the photo was used to highlight irony or hypocrisy, or to comment on or convey critical observations in a playful way, with an air of humor.

12. #ThisCouldBeUsButYouPlayin

In 2014, photos of odd-looking or awkward couples, or lovers caught in intense and bizarre public displays of affection, were captioned “It could be us, but you’re playing.” It’s unclear where the meme originated, but it certainly peaked in 2014.

Even Prince wanted in on the action. That year he told the Minnesota All-Star Tribune that the song “This Could Be Us” from his next album Official age of art was inspired by a version of the meme which portrayed him with Apollonia Kotero from the 1984 film Purple rain.

The phrase is always in rotation; A Account X named after the meme has more than 200,000 followers, although his posts more often than not feature a new incarnation of 2014 sentiment, “Me and who?”

13. Slender Man Stabbing

Someone dressed as Slender Man walks down a dimly lit hallway.

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In 2014, Slender Man, Eric Knudsen’s fictional horror character, made the harrowing leap from the internet to reality. Two 12-year-old girls lured a friend into the woods of Wisconsin, stabbed her and told police the act of violence was an homage to Slender Man. The attack was widely covered by the media and sparked moral panic about the influence of the Internet on children and adolescents.

The event also brought attention to the Internet’s creepypasta community, where users shared fictional horror content and where Slender Man had gained popularity since 2009. Money collected for the victim and, in a reportthe creator of creepypasta.com stressed that the site “neither endorses nor advocates murder, worship, and ritual replication of works of fiction.” There is a line between fiction and reality, and it’s up to you to understand where that line is.”

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