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…


You may know him as Captain Picard or Professor Xavier or maybe even Captain Ahab, Ebenezer Scrooge or Claudius. The great Patrick Stewart turns 69 today! Let us all celebrate by lighting 69 candles and trying to convince everyone that there are only 28.

Edit: I have just been informed that it's also Harrison Ford's 67th birthday! Celebrate by whipping 67 wookies!