Unlike genes, over which we do not have true mastery and are unlikely to any time soon, memes are of our own devising. We have the means to make them do what we want.
Our boys Mason (11) and Marcus (9) say so much funny stuff that it is usually easy to find laughter in our everyday life. Here are just a few exchanges from the past year, pulled from my Facebook updates.
This video is about as likely to inspire activism as an episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta.
I arrived late to the new meme "Shit Girls Say," but my family members were quick to fill me in over the holidays. I laughed -- but only with half my heart.
I would be lying if I said that I hadn't spoken many of the Shit Girls Say sentences word for word. And I'm all for laughing at yourself. But I also wondered what the tweets and the video might be saying about women -- and which women they're saying those things about.
This week, Egyptians braved brutal beatings in Tahrir Square in search of democracy and freedom while Americans braved violence in Wal-Marts in search of cheap Black Friday appliances: #resetyourvalues. On the campaign trail, latest GOP frontrunner Newt Gingrich came under fire for using the word "humane" in a debate answer about illegal immigration and suggesting we should adopt a policy to avoid tearing apart families. Apparently, erring on the side of humanity doesn't sit well with "family values" voters. And, in a demonstration of the kind of real-time, crowd-sourced creative commentary only possible on the Internet, the UC Davis campus cop who heartlessly pepper-sprayed peaceful protesters became a viral meme, depicted spraying everyone from Gandhi to George Washington to a baby seal to Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel God. It got so big, even the Hitler Reacts meme felt compelled to weigh in. Very meta. And wickedly funny.
Locales or communities exist. They are. But Occupied Territories, well that's a term with some muscle in it, some fight, some power.
In the 20th century we saw examples of what happened when nations were stripped of their morale and lost their spirit. They fell into fascism or totalitarianism. We need job creation and morale building not deficit reduction.
We did love us some of those "Asians in the Library" parodies and remixes for a minute. But what happens down the road when the video and Alexandra Wallace are ching chong ling long-forgotten?
Music composer David Wittman made a really funny MP3 poking fun at himself as a kale-eating Prius-driving Whole Foods shopper. "Take it easy man, I tr...
Classroom quotes are being posted by teachers online. At a time when students enter institutions with increasingly limited resources, what are these sites bringing to the conversation about education?
While some have turned the photo into a meme, others have reflected on its significance, particularly Obama's and Hillary Clinton's expressions.
By now, you've likely heard the story of Antoine Dodson, the 24-year-old Alabama hairdresser who was interviewed this summer on a local news report af...
If there were a "Watchman" to protect us from danger he would be shaking his rattle vigorously right now. We are in danger of becoming extinct as the...
I think this Inception meme says two major things: 1. The Internet ROCKS! 2. The soundtrack of the Inception trailer ROCKS!
Before the Internet, "cute" and "viral" rarely shared the same sentence. Now, adorable is an epidemic.