Pop culture trends are a funny beast. The things that become popular are in many ways reflective of our values at their most shallow and frivolous. And try as we might, we can't always explain why something is popular or why it means something until we're past it.  Take, for example, the ubiquity and infamy of the Kardashian and Jenner clan. For the past 10 years no other family (unless you count the British royals, but that's another story) has dominated the pop culture conversation quite like the stars of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Everybody has heard of them, few people actually know them, but for the better part of a decade they've generated millions of dollars  for themselves and sparked trillions of conversations about 21st century fame, social media and even the nature of American capitalism itself.

Revenge porn and lawsuits: is the Kardashian bubble about to burst?

Haters? Sure, they have plenty. Obsessive fanatics? Yep, they have those too. But no matter where you sit on the side of the Kardashian fence, it's fair to say that this is a family that attracts attention. But you examine the most recent Kardashian narratives, a strange thing emerges. The tide seems to turn. Now I'm no scientist and certainly no anthropologist, so I'm basing my observations off the amount of clicks and 'likes' I see on an everyday basis in my job, but ever since Kim's infamous Paris robbery, Kanye's weird meltdown and subsequently, Trump's inauguration it seems like the world can only handle one absurdly famous American at a time. Because it seems like the old Kardashian magic is no longer working. Could it be possible we're no longer in their thrall?

Revenge porn and lawsuits: is the Kardashian bubble about to burst?

Let's look at the evidence shall we? In the last couple of weeks there have been two incidents that have attracted their fair share of click-bait stories and publicity. The first, which we reported, involved Kendall + Kylie's vintage tee line, which lasted for, oh, about one hot, highly embarrassing minute before being pulled down amid accusations of cultural appropriation, insensitivity and just plain bad taste. Based on the Twitter responses alone, we can state that there were more people pissed off about the collection than people interested in wearing a Tupac shirt with Kylie Jenner's face draped across it. And the saga continues, with the photographer of the Tupac images now suing Kendall and Kylie for the way they "misappropriated and wrongfully exploited" his work without permission, according to Billboard. Don't forget this follows the tone-deaf Pepsi ad misfire that engulfed poor Kendall Jenner in March this year.

Revenge porn and lawsuits: is the Kardashian bubble about to burst?

And then there's Rob Kardashian. The loosest cannon member of the Kardashian clan spent last week committing revenge porn on former fiancé and baby mama Blac Chyna, while his ex counter attacked with allegations of spousal abuse. Truth be told, the Rob and Chyna spinoff was always built on shaky, car-crash foundations, but the inherent trashiness to this story of explicit Instagram posts, threesomes and cheating has reached new lows, even by Kardashian standards. With Rob possibly facing prosecution for violating Californian law, it's the second messy lawsuit faced by the family in two weeks.

Revenge porn and lawsuits: is the Kardashian bubble about to burst?

From one PR disaster to the next, could it be possible the Kardashian's dream publicity run is starting to lose steam? Once upon a time, they were a family with the Midas touch, spruiking sell out make-up collections and building personal empires through selfies and merchandising alone but in recent months it seems Kardashian fervour has cooled. Like so many people have predicted (and got it wrong), is it possible that this family's string of good luck has finally run out?

Revenge porn and lawsuits: is the Kardashian bubble about to burst?