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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I saw Tron. Didn't particularly care for it, but I could see its draw for the crowd it was released to. It was released a year before I was born, so I couldn't tell you any initial reactions, but I can see where it would have been the Avatar of its day. Amazing computer graphics (the first movie to fully utilize computer graphics to such a degree) with a merely ok story. A wild ride through the inner workings of a computer that made for dazzling eye-candy, but low story quality.

Tron Legacy, on the other hand... I am so excited for this movie. Partly because of the updated graphics, partly because of the potential the story actually has, but mostly for the underground hype machine they're using for the marketing. Oh, also, I <3 Jeff Bridges. What do you think about Tron Legacy?