The Harlem Shake: A Conversation About the Sociology of Internet Memes

The sociology of internet memes is absolutely fascinating to me.  Somebody puts something on YouTube that they think is interesting, meaningful or funny but, in most cases, actually skyrockets way above the bounds of ridiculousness.  Sometimes a meme becomes popular because it showcases the extraordinary - but for the most part, it's all about ridiculousness. … Continue reading The Harlem Shake: A Conversation About the Sociology of Internet Memes

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Self Driving Cars: What Is The Ultimate Impact of Low-Effort Mobility?

I am the first to admit that the road will be a lot better off when I am behind the wheel of a car that drives itself.   I am a terrible driver.  It's True.  Luckily I have only been involved in minor accidents (with stationary objects or rear-bumpers - no truck and tractor trailor accident), … Continue reading Self Driving Cars: What Is The Ultimate Impact of Low-Effort Mobility?

Gangnam Style In Context: A Global Phenomenon In Appreciation of Irony?

If you are among the youtube watching masses, music enthusiasts or otherwise avid followers of popular culture, then you are likely among the close to 900 million viewers and counting who have seen this video by prolific South Korean superstar hip hop artist Psy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0 What kind of content could possibly overtake Justin Bieber (who … Continue reading Gangnam Style In Context: A Global Phenomenon In Appreciation of Irony?