There’s a blizzard in the Northeast. A big one (but maybe not quite as big as expected). A nor’eastah. This blizzard, this spoken swirl of snow and wind, even has a name: Juno
Juno, as an impersonal weather phenomenon, is incapable of creating culture. But it can impact the culture-making activities of the affected populations along the Northeast Coast. If culture is what we make of the world, then folks from New York City to Bangor, Maine are having to make something of a world blanketed by more than two feet of snow and battered by 60 mph wind. Their new cultural artifacts will include variations on “hunkering down,” which in this day and age means, among other things, lots
of Netflix binging.
But what happens when we can’t make anything of a snowbound existence?
posted an article detailing how “people in storm-bound areas of the Northeast have taken to Craigslist to post ads for companions during the storm. You know, someone to drink beer with, to binge-watch Netflix with, to cuddle and perhaps begin a fleeting romance with (one as lasting as the flurries themselves).”
Screenshots from some of the ads are included in the Mashable article. In one of them, someone asks, “Anybody else alone for the upcoming Blizzard?”