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About social media, moralistic meme cultures, digging the dirt of our past, and a transparent future without privacy — and why this can all be a good thing.


I once wrote two different songs about killing two different ex-girlfriends.

In my college years I used to rap and freestyle, and using what lyrical skills I had, I recorded a song over Eminem’s “Stan” about killing my ex-girlfriend. A few years later, I did the same thing with Common’s “Retrospect For Life” about killing another ex-girlfriend and eating her baby.

These were sick, horrible, disgusting things that constitute assault and battery — and they make me want to throw up at myself. I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry.

If you search for these songs online, you can probably find them on an old music site under my name. I say this to my own shame and horror, and I’m not proud of this in the least at all. I’m now publicly outing myself — not out of some patronizing “reverse humility” or a victim-card, but because I deserve any repercussions that come my way.

If one day I go public somewhere: I want to have outed myself already. I’m tired of keeping this regret a secret. And it’s okay if you’re disappointed or you dismiss me. At least I can finally breathe, unburdened.

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With the mass prevalence of memes slowly stealing our peace when someone posts up a gross picture of you on Reddit: I’m starting to think memes are doing the world a favor.

A meme culture is suddenly forcing us to re-think our worldviews, plunging a needle of hyper-self-awareness in the back of our brains that jolts us out of ignorant complacency. No one wants to be Scumbag Steve or Facebook Girl; we cheer on Good Guy Greg and the onslaught against First World Problems.

Memes require a vigilant adjustment of our interactions, an ability to counter-attack the counter-attack ad nauseum, the capacity to laugh at ourselves in spite of ourselves.

It’s a confrontation with human ugliness: and a necessary one.

We’re entering the age now where we can see the influence of Social Media on a whole generation. There’s no precedent for it, no longitudinal study that has watched the long-term affect of our shiny objects and digital interconnectedness — and besides the typical danger-piece about distraction and the dumbing down of America, it’s still difficult to foresee how our collective closeness will make us better, or worse, or both.

Here are some ways I believe memes will change us for the better.

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owl

cat

dog

cat bank

hummingbird

wonkamoney

imaginaryfriend

eat

rejected

complain

scream

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monster

fish

kittyroll

kitty smash

dogteeth

choco coffee

chococookie

marshmallow

oreos

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catheart

no2banana

buzz

vangoghguitar

beatit

xmasbeard

tulips

diet

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catspiano

giraffe

new day

rapture

girlsword

mousetrap

catwhat

omnom

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bear

mario

coloredheart

sharpies

earlynotlate

ringrose

thankfulfor

pokegames

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pear

pikajump

optimism

irrelephant

patrickdrums

puppy

fox

pokemon

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catout

cat kill

noregretchicken

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patrickhuh

batman

patrickeat

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