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…

The Triad

A long time ago, in a state far, far away, I had a vision of myself with a nice jacket, Converse shoes and a messenger bag filled with all kinds of goodies, but especially a super-powered, uber-awesome laptop. Ever since I had this vision, it had been the personal image to which I strove. I got the shoes, I got the jacket, I got the messenger bag, but one thing had always eluded me: the super-powered, uber-awesome laptop.

For about half a year, I had a laptop that I called my own, but was technically owned by the college I attended. Due to a series of unfortunate events, I was forced to leave this school after only a semester and with that went my laptop privileges. I held on to it for the summer, but always with the grim expectation and knowledge that I had to return it come August. (Which sucked even more, August being my birth month.) Thus ended my fleeting romance with the machine that got away.

I've always been a sucker for technology. I always wanted the best computer, and, if I (or my dad) could afford it, I got the pieces to the best computer. Yes, the pieces. Because I built up my own desktop computer, and replacing the pieces was easier and cheaper than getting a whole new one. But it never quite satisfied. What if I wanted to hang out and write at a Starbucks? I can't very well lug my monitor and my tower all the way down and take a half hour to set everything up in the corner. They'd likely boot me out. So I was stuck at home. At my desk. Wondering if it was possible for me to get a less comfortable chair. Or a faster processor.

Time passes, tech changes. I got an iPhone. The iPad comes out. The world is less than amazed. I saw the potential. Having wanted my whole life to be able to carry the internet with me, the iPhone came close, but it just wasn't the full experience. The iPad, however, was too expensive. Then Google announces the Chrome OS pilot program. Free laptop?? YES PLEASE! I signed up...

Months pass and I figure Google probably looked me over. Then my dad gets a brand new computer and decides to pass his old laptop down to me. Now, this might not seem like a great idea right off, but you have to understand: I get my tech-lust from dad. When he got this laptop, he spared no expense. It has an excellent sound system, a huge display, 3GB of memory, Intel Dual-Core 2Ghz processor (which, I mean, for the time was great...) All-in-all it totally holds up to today's standards. I can even run World of Warcraft and see the hills of Mulgore from deep in the Barrens. This is it. This is my new laptop. This is what will complete the image I had so long ago.

Then I'm awoken by a knock on the door. Expecting the delivery of a laptop, I jump awake to find a laptop-sized box just outside. I open it... and it's a Google CR-48 Chrome OS notebook.

Info on the Chrome OS notebook: Chrome OS is... just that. Google Chrome as an operating system. It's JUST the browser. Which means if you want to run any kind of application that doesn't run from the Internet... you can't. So it's great for Twitter, Facebook, Gmail, pretty much every Google product and hordes of new web apps that are popping up every day... But I can't run WoW, I can't run FinalDraft, I can't run any of the familiar applications that work so well in Windows.

I open up the notebook and it's everything I imagined. It's the Internet that I can carry with me. The full Internet. I flip the lid and it takes mere seconds to load... everything. This is the perfect tool for a quick reference or a bit of a break from the real world. And then my dad's laptop is delivered a couple days later. It's everything I imagined. It's a fully-loaded computer that I can carry with me. A bit heavier, thicker and... huger, but a lot more powerful. Able to run intensive apps in a single bound. This is Superlappy.

At some point it struck me: I now have three levels of mobility. I have my iPhone 4: great for staying up to date and doing a quick check of certain apps (also has some pretty cool games). I have my Chrome OS CR-48: The complete Internet in a quick and easy, light and breezy machine. And I have my beefy Toshiba laptop, the powerhouse of the bunch that I can still take with me to Starbucks. Takes longer to boot, but once it does, LOOK OUT.

(For you WoW mages out there, that's iPhone = Arcane, CR-48 = Frost, Toshiba = Fire.)

Each of my machines are perfectly suited to their tasks and I wouldn't have it any other way. And guess what I just found out. Ya know that messenger bag I got ages ago for my future laptop? Well, the main pouch fits the Toshiba perfectly, as I expected. I was going to put the CR-48 in with it, but I did a bit of searching and GUESS WHAT! There's a secondary, exterior pouch that fits the CR-48 like a glove!

The image is complete. The triad is born.