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 "Officer's Lounge - The Lonely Justice Battle"

My other assignment is almost done, so I promise we won't be getting these out so late in the week starting in 2013, but for now, let's get to it - we've got a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk just waiting to be released!

This week, Steve and I continue trudging through season 1 of The Next Generation with three more freshly squeezed episodes: "Lonely Among Us", "Justice", and "The Battle". Come drink up some of the goodness here.

Be sure to go back and take a peek at Steve's reviews of each episode, and don't forget to check back soon for the Aftermath. As always, HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (513-278-7475) for all of your questions, comments, and random animal sounds. Finally, be sure to join us this and every Friday evening at 6PM Eastern for the best live show on Earth (there's a really good one you can catch on Qo'noS, but that's another story for another day). Enjoy!

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