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…

My power went out so...

My power went out so I'm updating the video phone via I just wanted to update that I added a little note on the side that allows you to contact me via Google talk even if you don't have Google talk. You can click on chat with Steve Beaudry(?) when you see that I'm online and available and it'll contact me right away and I'll be able to talk to you. So, talk to me soon, that's it. listen

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Wow, I guess Jott has a few kinks to work out in their speech-to-text program. You can hear what I'm saying pretty clearly in the audio link, but, to be clear, I don't have a video phone and it's, not "The video" was supposed to be "via"... dunno how that happened.

Anyway, the point is that this chat feature that Google Talk added is what I've wanted ever since they introduced the Talk Gadget. Click to talk to me and you don't even have to log on to Google Talk - you just start a chat with me. Cool, eh?