Two years after Damn Daniel’s viral moment, do these teens still make you smile?

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Two years ago, you were younger and more charming. Your childhood was closer to you than it is now, and you just saw the part-time show of Beyoncé's Super Bowl instead of another Super Bowl halftime show.
In addition, a series of Snapchats were compiled into a short video and tweeted by Riverside Polytechnic High School student Josh Holz. The Snapchats were from his friend Daniel Lara, who wore sneakers. "Damn!" He always yelled at Daniel. And in one case, "Damn, Daniel, do it again with the white Vans." He laughs at the middle of that phrase, the kind of lack of composure that is specific to the moment of your life when you're a teenager and basically you do not have responsibilities other than laughing and, I do not know, reading books. He is sure that people of 14 or more who care most are the only fun and interesting people on the planet and the only people on the same page as you. You are also so funny and so interesting and, for now, very safe and loved. Oh my God!
We loved this little glimpse of youth and suburban safety, and we retweeted it more than 120,000 times in four days.

Then, many things happened, most of which you probably remember. Daniel and Josh went to the Ellen Degeneres Show. They received a supply of lifetime Vans that they donated to charities. They received profiles in Rolling Stone and Cosmopolitan, congratulating them profusely for not being any more exceptional than the nice and normal guys. They found dates for the dance. Fell in love. Redbull drank with mom.
They received many followers on Twitter and tweeted some correct tweets, some good tweets and, in general, many boring tweets. Were they in a Weezer video for some reason? In June 2016, Jay Z gave Daniel a shout in the Pusha T song "Drug Dealers Anonymous", which also features a sample of Tomi Lahren who tries to make fun of Beyoncé's Super Bowl half-time show. Josh became close friends with Travis Scott, and Daniel was overwhelmed by the presence of a famous skyscraper.

In addition, his accounts were hacked, and Josh was beaten after a stranger lied to the police, saying he had shot his mother with an AK-47. Not only because of "Damn Daniel", but at least in part: teenagers from all over the United States internalized the lesson that being in the right place at the right time on the Internet could make them famous for no reason and act even worse. Is not everything as stupid as you could imagine?

If I do not think about those last things, "Damn Daniel" still makes me smile. Two years later! How good it is to take a look at the quiet life of another person's friendship and the extremely accessible street fashion. It's good to see the video and then look for Josh's Twitter, where he unfortunately still solicits commercial information, but also writing things like "clam chowder on a rainy day …" and "summer." I think I really like knowing that literally someone is fine.

You can follow the trail of "Damn Daniel" quite far on the Internet. There's a surprising amount of fan fiction about Josh and Daniel, and part of it is disgusting. (They are teenagers!) Some of them intersect with other fandoms, such as Doctor Who, the famous YouTubers, or the band of defunct One Direction boys, and it's a bit elegant:
"Would you like to explain to me why I won [30,000] Twitter followers while I was sleeping, and why five people have shouted & # 39; Damn it, Harry, again with gold boots & # 39; when I got to school? I'm even wearing my golden boots, "Harry yells, raising his arms in frustration.
Golden boots! I love him. Harry Styles would absolutely wear golden boots, although I do not think he will notice an additional 30,000 followers on Twitter.
Daniel and Josh still receive fan art, which I also love.

art. A publication shared by J O S H (@josholzz) on November 21, 2017 at 11:14 p.m. PST

The Internet is great, and that's what allows me to visit the lives of these guys I do not know. But the Internet is great, and that's why these guys have written hundreds of times. They will have to be careful if they want to avoid becoming terrible people. It's not even your fault, really. All of us who work in blogs and as morning producers and as experts in appropriation of memes in the social media team of Wendy & # 39; s must be more careful with the youth of our nation.
Thinking about Josh and Daniel, I went back to reading Melissa Broder's poem "Hope This Helps", which was published in The Iowa Review in 2014 and contains this handful of tips for people who are alive at this time:

I do not think this is a story about blaming adults
because of the ways in which we are ruined.
I think this is a story about knowing what we're up against
mostly us
and what is our essential consistency
which in my case is milk
and in your case it's milk
you are milk you are
milk are you
so milk

That helps? Anyway, I found this 2009 video by accident when I was looking for a header image for this post, and it's as good as "Damn Daniel", if what you want from a content is an inaudible background conversation, children do not nothing and sneakers.


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