If the last week of January proved anything, it’s to never underestimate the power of conversation to drive significant change across industries, from Wall Street to Hollywood. From Redditors challenging Wall Street, to Deadpool 3 (almost) being a road trip movie, and a less-than-festive audience reception to an Animal Crossing update, here are three notable stories that trended over the last week.
Redditors Show the Power of Conversation to Drive Collective Action
We can’t talk about last week without starting with the epic revolt that took the Internet by storm. Last week, a conversation thread on the WallStreetBets subreddit gained significant traction as Redditors collectively made a statement by purchasing and holding Gamestop stock. As they successfully pushed Gamestop’s stock value up, conversations around their actions similarly skyrocketed.
Indeed, conversation volume was so high, that for a brief period both the WallStreetBets subReddit and its affiliated Discord server were out of commission as moderators for each rushed to create moderation settings that could ensure a safer experience for users. While moderators scrambled, Wall Street effectively imploded, as trading platforms saw delays and hedge funds counted their losses. Although Gamestop share trading came to a forced halt, the conversation kept going.
Indeed, conversation engagement soared over January 27th through 29th, and derivative conversations flourished across Reddit, Twitter, and numerous other channels. At one point, Spiketrap observed that over 65 comments were being added every second to the WallStreetBets subreddit alone. Across Twitter, many hyped up the Redditors’ actions with praise, while others referenced the 2008 stock market crash in their discussions. Conversations revealed that what initially started off as support for a company had morphed into something much greater. Although this story is far from over, it shines a light on the incredible power of conversation on such a massive scale and the real impact it can have on the world.
Ryan Reynolds Shares Deadpool Story for Mental Health Awareness
On the 28th, Ryan Reynolds shared an unexpected fact about Deadpool 3. He tweeted that before Disney bought Fox, Deadpool 3 was actually going to be a road trip movie featuring Deadpool and Logan. He shared the fun fact for a good cause, aiming to spread awareness around mental health, and it worked!