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 Time Contagion Royale"

Welcome to another edition of Star Trek: Asterisk's Officer's Lounge in which we watch through three episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and tear them to shreds. This week, we'll be providing commentary for "Contagion", "The Royale", and "Time Squared". Side effects may include nausea, heavy breathing, split sides and marginal migraines. You can pick up this delightful piece of audio right here.

Don't forget to check out the written reviews posted earlier this week on the website. And be sure to tune in every week for three more episodes. Enjoy!