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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Ok, now that I'm not drunk on NyQuil and can go for longer than 12 seconds without coughing, it behooves me to review the movie I saw two days ago. You forgive me for being a little late.


9 is the story of nine creatures waking up in a post-apocolyptic world and trying to survive as well as figure out what happened and who they are. It brings with it a message of risk taking wrapped in the merrits of questioning a cowardly authority bent on keeping things "safe" at all costs. This story holds very well right up until the end which kind of lost coherence for me. Right when you figure out what the purpose of these creatures is they seem to completely ignore it and go on a completely different (and, in my opinion, unsustainable) path.

Regardless of this, the rest of the movie is a good ride and the artistic work of the creature and set design alone is worth the price of admission. I would recommend this movie for anyone who is a fan of Tim Burton-style filmmaking. Watch it today before the Beast gets you!

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