By: DAMIEN STEPHENS

I have a confession to make.

Initially, I had some reservations about the latitude of this column, if I was just sticking to millennial stuff. But then I thought, hang on; we pride ourselves on being a forward-thinking bunch. We ache for trendsetting stuff, don’t we? Which brings me to this week’s pow-wow.

Are you a hot little potato?

Yup, I’m deigning to serve-up my very own what’s hot list -“ subjective and topical terrain, I know. But for the record, not necessarily my opinion alone, though I do have it on good advice.

Touch-screens are hot, wires are not. Portable technology’s still a winner, as are big tellies, blogging and cyber self-promotion. Facebook holds its ground, but Twitter became twee the day KRudd joined. Harry Potter’s back, Perez is passe, as is paying line rental or playing Advergames.

Cult viewing makes a return: Twighlight, Gossip Girl and True Blood are some of the current faves. Masterchef gripped the nation, but managed to use the word beeewtiful to maddening excess. Ready Steady Cook, however, is just depressing. Have you seen that studio audience?

Sportsmen behaving badly gets another epic FAIL. I mean, Red Bull and Stilnox? Really fellas? Sending bigoted messages to GLBT community icons is just as appalling.

Fads like the Snuggie and Lazy Patch keep their info-kitsch value, and don’t even think about telling me Mr T is wrong about the Flavorwave! You’ll be driving the Ford Territory, while keeping fit at boot-camp.
You’re sipping Italian grape-wines and chowing-down on modern Vietnamese or boutique-pub tucker.

The look is either natural vintage or garish ho-lific. Peep-toes, androgyny, shabby-chic, colour.

Mash-ups and bootleg tunes get the thumbs-up (think Britney meets electro) Hotspots worth a mention: Opera Bar, The Supper Club and Nevermind, but Oxford St’s still looking grim.

Gaga is delectable, as is PINK and Beyonce. Mariah’s out, Whitney’s back. Madge is still looking iffy, and continuing to leave Oz off her itinerary earns her a grumpy face from this columnist.

Big dance parties continue to lose ground, paving the way for more intimate soirees. Staying in with good friends and good booze ticks all the boxes.

A bargain is hot, paying a fortune for anything in this economy is not.

But remember people, cool is an attitude, not things. Laugh, dare to dream and keep it real. Most of the above will probably have changed within a week anyways. Next!

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