Besides being the perfect place to explore the fads and popular culture of today, the internet is a source of information on social trends and their history in general. Here are a few websites to get you started.
American Cultural History: The Twentieth Century
Web guides on the decades of the twentieth century
“The electronic magazine dedicated to popular culture and the stripmall life.” Language and content may not be to everyone’s taste.
Bad Fads Museum
Revisits some of those “what were we thinking?” trends of yesteryear.
This site offers useful lists of articles on such cultural critics as Michel Foucault, Edward Said, bell hooks, Friedrich Nietzsche, and others. Includes many links to other cultural criticism sites.
A compendium of children’s fads and favorites from years past.