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…

Star Trek: Asterisk

Inspired by my journeys through the galaxy in Star Trek Online, I've decided to start a story blog centering around my captain and crew. This will not be your normal Star Trek-style story, but all Trek fans will be able to enjoy it. This will be a character drama mixed with action and adventure and a healthy sprinkling of comedy all wrapped in a delicious bacon-wrap of sci-fi. It's called Star Trek: Asterisk. And hopefully it goes on for a good, long time. I'll be updating it every Friday, barring any unforeseen circumstance, and if you play Star Trek Online you'll notice a high correlation between the episodes and the quests in the game. So, sit back and enjoy a good read starting with the introduction to Captain Matthew Arkin and the principle mystery throughout the series. Invite all your Trekkie friends to read along and, if you really want to witness the adventures of Matthew Arkin first hand, get Star Trek Online and join the fleet! It's gonna be quite awesome.

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