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…

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2008 just got a little sadder. But 2009 is happy. Star Trek changed their release date from Christmas of this year to May 8th of next year. All that means for me is that I'll be reviewing movies well into 2009. Actually, I'm pretty sure I'll make movie reviews a pretty regular thing. Because they make me happy like pie. But, anyway, no Star Trek for Christmas. We must wait 'till the snow thaws.

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  1. I'm a huge Star Trek fan myself but I think having to wait for the new movie will be a positive thing for Trek. As for the movie itself, I'm really concerned that the idea behind it (i.e. "A re-imagining of Star Trek") may be the final straw that permanently kills the franchise. Why fix something that isn't broken? I blogged about this over at The Sci-Fi Dude. If you'd like to read it, go here.

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