How do we deal with a virus? Large organisms like humans only became possible when they evolved immune systems. Similarly, elaborate culture of a modern human kind seems to require the existence of some mechanism for filtering out bad behaviors.
The topic for this post is "buzz" -- what is it, how to create it -- from the creative force behind the viral phenomenon, "Texts from Hillary."
Thanks to the brilliance of tweeter @PaulRyanGosling, who took the Ryan Gosling "Hey Girl" to a whole new level over the weekend by mashing up Ryan Gosling with Paul Ryan, the ball was already rolling when GOP VP nominee Paul Ryan came to town.
I caught up with Bobak to learn more about his rise to online stardom, his eccentric hairstyles, and, of course, what it takes to land on Mars.
Everyone tries to express empathy, but many times the best way is through asking questions and listening, rather than saying, "I know how you feel."
All of these voter suppression laws are really targeting minorities, students and the elderly, as well as voters with disabilities. We need to prevent bad legislation from preventing people to vote in the 2012 U.S. election.
Frank Ocean's Channel Orange and Louis C.K.'s Louie are rare examples of great art that succeed because of -- not in spite of -- their willingness to provide endless grist for the social media mill.
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In honor of a year together, our team at What's Trending created a retrospective of the top 60 memes of the past year in a minute.
Wait, you guys have Sunday on Saturday? Isn't that confusing? He's your type, he looks Jewish. So he tried to Jew me down. Oops. No offense. Is ...
Have you been published?
What do you write? Oh.
Do you have, like, a real job?
The unskilled masses would become the creators of the content they and other consumers would enjoy. More recent scholarship has termed this phenomenon that of the 'prosumer.' Art in general is following this distinct trend and is primarily fueled by the prosumer presence on the Internet.
I don't think Internet trends like this necessarily mean we're getting stupider. I think, instead, they provide important societal lens, a vital opportunity to glimpse mass consciousness. If we approach from the right angle, even the Y U NO guy can teach us something.
Comparing memes to poetry is enough to make any poetry teacher cringe -- a few of mine probably will, after reading this. Poetry is inherently deep and memes are inherently shallow! Right? But I think the reason we gravitate toward poetry and gravitate toward Internet memes is analogous.
Most Internet memes have the shelf life of a banana, and trying to capture these memes in traditional forms like publishing or television is often an exercise in "too little, too late, no one cares anymore."
Often designed for spreading original jokes with friends and having them gain momentum, memes are now the ultra popular bits of content that provide us with the occasional stifled laugh from our cubicle.