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…

Conquering Digg

Yesterday I read a post on that basically accused the social news site of being a cliquish, elitist club that only votes for its top submitters. Well, at the time of this writing, my post, "2015 is Almost Here and I Don't Have a Hover-Board," is number 8 on Digg's top ten stories of the day. I have never before had a post receive more than 7 or 8 diggs and I'm definitely no "top submitter." The system works. Anyone who believes otherwise is just frustrated that they haven't written anything that caught the Digg community's attention.

Certainly such an achievement deserves some sort of celebration. Tomorrow I might have cake. Thanks to everyone who dugg my story! I hope it'll happen again some time. Until then, see you in Google Reader . . .? please? maybe?

EDIT: 1:10 a.m. It's all over. I'm off the Top 10 list. The highest I got was 6th place. That was a great ride. People may still digg it, but, barring some huge influx of diggers, that post is probably not going to see the Top 10 list again. Again, thanks, people!