How Social Media Saved the World

It cannot be understated that we are living through a history-making difficult time. Hundreds of thousands of people are falling victim to a global pandemic and everyone is else either staying home or acting brazenly stupid. It shouldn't be surprising, though, that one of the upshots of all of this is that there has been a rise in meme-making.

First defined by Richard Dawkins in 1976 as a cultural idea that takes on a life of its own and is passed down through generations much the same way that genes are, the word "meme" has itself taken on a life of its own to define pictures made and passed around on the Internet that often lampoon various aspects of life. I don't think I've seen any new memes in the past few days that weren't about the COVID-19 epidemic. But this isn't the first time a global catastrophe has been made fun of in what could be described as a "childish" fashion. In fact, one of the memes I've seen compared the uptick in Cor…

Google Music Player

I try not to get too much into Google in these blog posts, but I thought this was worthy of a mention.

The Google Music Player. It's a gadget for Google Desktop created by Google Inc. Google Desktop already has the ability to index all of the music files on your computer, but now they've finally made a gadget that plays these files natively. Of course, I'm not ready to switch from iTunes just yet (after all, most of the music-listening I do is on my iPod, away from my computer), but this thing looks like it could easily replace any clunky, huge programs such as Windows Media Player, iTunes or Winamp. (What ever happened to Winamp, anyway . . .?) It would take up substantially less processing power and automatically detect any songs you've recently downloaded or ripped.

What's really interesting about this for me, however, is the fact that it's one step closer to a whole operating system run by Google. There's not one major application out there anymore where you can point to Google and say they don't have an alternative. Except maybe Microsoft Powerpoint . . . but with a little photoshopping you can create a bunch of pictures and make a slideshow through Picasa! Oh, Photoshop is another one . . . Google, get on that. I want you to draw my pictures!