Memes started out as the secret handshake of the Internet -- a way to let your peers know that you too were up-to-date on the latest cat macros and misspelled quotes from Japanese video games. But now the Internet has changed, and memes aren't what they once were. Cracked Editors Jack O'Brien, Soren Bowie and Cody Johnston explain how our tubes got clogged with memes, leading to planking, Tebowing and all sorts of other "memes" that spread purely because people wanted to see their faces on the news.
We like to think of memes as one way people change the face of the Internet, but some memes change people. No one felt like "information wants to be free" until the Internet made it possible. Human language itself may have kicked off as a meme, the "I Can Has Cheeseburger" of prehistoric times. Throw on your headphones and click play above, go here to subscribe on iTunes or download it here.
It's pretty safe to say that after years of Sherlock Holmes adaptations and countless CBS crime procedurals, most people with a pretty steady diet of TV and movies think they're pretty good armchair psychologists.
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.
Believe it or not, Matthew McConaughey's thesis (from behind a bookshelf inside a black hole) that love is the most powerful force in the universe isn't the most scientifically accurate thing Hollywood has offered us lately.