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…

Missed News Rundown

So, there are a few things that for one reason or another I failed to blog about, but that really deserve a mention.

First off, there are a few soon-to-be-movies that I'm sure people will have a fun time speculating about.  The first and probably most hilarious is Stretch Armstrong.  Geek Tyrant reports that Steve Oedekerk is set to write a comedic movie featuring Stretch as a reluctant superhero who hates the fact that he has the worst superpower ever. Oedekerk has written such gems as Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls and Kung Pow: Enter the Fist.  I like where they're going with this.  Written correctly, this could turn out to be pretty hilarious.

The next movie you'll be interested in is Where's Waldo.  /Film reports that apparently the movie rights to a Where's Waldo film have been bouncing around Hollywood for a while now.  Obviously, there haven't been any creative names put to the project yet, but I would personally love to see the movie that this trailer is attached to:

Last but not least, a movie I have personally been waiting to see produced for a very long time: The Jetsons.  The guy working on this movie is Robert Rodriguez.  This concerns me a little bit because a Jetsons movie could go one of two ways: hardcore sci-fi/comedy or cheesy kids movie (ala The Flintsones).  And Rodriguez's credits include such movies as Shark Boy and Lava Girl, Spy Kids and this summer's Shorts. To his credit, he also has Sin City, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and Planet Terror in his portfolio.  If he can meet George Jetson somewhere in the middle of these two extremes, I think we'll have something good.

Now onto a movie we already know about.  Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen is coming out in IMAX with several more minutes of footage including more robot fighting.  I gotta hand it to Michael Bay: he knows how to blow things up. With robots and in IMAX.

There might be some more stuff that I was thinking about blogging, but I can't remember.  What else can you think of?  Gimme some more news stories in the comments!