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…

High Five!!

Well, this is interesting . . .

No, this isn't another Borat post.

HighFivez.com is a new site built upon the Digg principle that the more people vote something the better it must ultimately be. (Wait, is that a Digg principle or an America principle?) Anyway, the catch is that this particular site focuses on blogs and blog posts.

So, what are the benefits to using this site? Well, the best part of it, they don't seem to really emphasize. They advertise such things as being able to store all your favorite blogs in one central location, being able to submit blogs and posts for peer review and the fact that the voting is done by real people and not robots or algorithms. But I think the real winner here is something that the blogosphere has been missing since that name was coined: the ability to easily discover new and interesting blogs. If you like to keep up on the news, but would rather get it from a more personable source than, say CNN or ABC, this is the perfect place to get it.

Not to mention if you own a blog this is the perfect place to gain exposure. Although it's just a tiny site right now, it has the potential to eventually reach an extremely large audience of people looking for just the sorts of things you write.

So go ahead and give it a try. And while you're at it, gimme a high five!

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