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…

At the Movies

2008 is a wonderful year for the geeky movie enthusiast. Indiana Jones is coming out with a new movie, there will be Hellboy II, Wall-E, The Dark Knight, J.J. Abrams' remix of Star Trek and, from the same guy, the movie that first played at 12 tonight, Cloverfield.

I was planning on seeing it, but, unfortunately, I was asked to stay longer at work than I was supposed to. I did, however, see all the people who came to see it. Never have I ever seen such a glorious gathering of geeks! They poked their heads out of their basements and dragged themselves away from Azeroth just to see what the heck was attacking New York this time. I whispered to the concessionest working next to me, "Know how you could make a loud noise? Yell out 'CLAP IF YOU PLAY WORLD OF WARCAFT!'"

Also, earlier that day there was a kid who walked in wearing a t-shirt that said "For the Horde." He left his iPod in the movie he was seeing (Sweeny Todd, also a good geek movie) and came back to find it in the lost-and-found. When he thanked me for returning it I was obligated to say "Anything for a fellow Horde."

Anyway, this night at the movies inspired me. All it takes to bring geeks together in real life is a dark, impersonal room with loud noises and flashy images. Therefore, all this year I will go see the very first showing (provided I'm not working at the time) of every geek-interest movie and post a review directly following. I regret that I was unable to see Cloverfield's first showing, but I will be waking up early tomorrow (about 11:00am...) rolling out of bed and into the theater to see the first showing of the day. Until then, I am avoiding everything possibly having to do with it (sorry, Digg.com).

2008 will be great!

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