Is the end near? 

Ways to know when trends are dead

It gets awfully confusing navigating the trends of pop culture. T-Mobile Sidekicks or Motorola RAZRs? Or what about Helio? Do you Friendster or MySpace? (OK, that one's easy -- MySpace stomped Friendster.) What's worse than hopping on a halted bandwagon? In the interest of helping folks know when a trend is nearing the end, here are five clear signs:

1) When white people start doing it. Particularly older white folks. You know it's true.

2) When Madonna incorporates it in her live tour. For example, krumping. Before that, the Kabbalah. Or electronica. Or, for that matter, voguing.

3) When the New York Times writes about it. At that point, it's at critical mass.

4) When your parents e-mail you the link of the New York Times story on said trend. Or, if you're really out if it, when they mail the clipping.

5) When a toy is made to capitalize on the trend. For example, the absolutely true existence of Bling-Bling Barbie and her diamond-encrusted entourage. Is Blogging Barbie really that far away?

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