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…

Over the Rainbow

When Dorothy gazed toward the muddy brown skies of Kansas and expressed a deep sadness about having to stick around in this dump for her entire life, she sang a song invoking the rainbow as a sort of destination; a place where everything was right, new, exciting and colorful. I think it's everyone's dream at one point or another to one day escape from the every day and make it in a brand new world.

Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly. If they fly over the rainbow, why can't I? Well, the answer is clear. They have wings.

I'm over the rainbow. Done with it. Finished. The rainbow never did me any good.

For all the work that I put in to some of the things I do, I always seem to come up empty-handed. Maybe it's because I rely too heavily on others to help me out. Maybe it's because I'm chasing a dream. One thing is sure about a rainbow: it doesn't matter how far you walk, you'll never get close to it. You'll never find the end of it. The pot of gold simply doesn't exists apart from your own making.

Bluebirds fly over the rainbow because they have wings. They have the essential tools of the trade, the know-how, the connections, the experience. What do I have? A little black Carin Terrier... A blog that looks good, but wouldn't garner the attention of the country without selling out to a porn site. So, what can I do? Well, apart from waiting around for a good tornado storm, I think I'll teach my dog a few tricks.

From this day forward, my challenge to myself is to write at least one post every day that pertains to one of the main topics listed above. This post may be a review, news, opinion, or basic blathering. Doesn't matter. I'm a writer, and what do I do? I write.

Apart from this, I'm also organizing my thoughts for a brand new presentation of Street Light Interference. Click the tab up top for an introduction to that story. Even if you've read the script that I already wrote, there will be new things for all! I'm really kind of excited about this.

Time to stop chasing rainbows. They look good, but I'll never be able to hold one in my hand. I'll just get back to work in the field and ignore the enormous prism in my front yard...


  1. Jennifer Neal7/20/10, 5:39 PM

    You've crushed all of my dreams of Oz! *cries*

    Just kidding.


    But good post and of course, good luck!

  2. What you need is a double rainbow.


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