What Memes Mean: The Boogity-Boogity-Book Of Common Prayer

Each Friday in What Memes Mean, Kirk Bozeman questions the significance, humor, and subtexts of viral videos, memes, and other Internet fads.You've probably seen this one...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J74y88YuSJ8&feature=relatedThis man is pastor Joe Nelms, and he is evidently no newcomer to NASCAR convocation.  HuffPo collected a few of his prayers here.Briefly setting the weirdness aside, from a wide angle it seems Joe is intentionally trying to pray in a joyful, l … [Read more...]

An Open Letter to Facebook

Dear Facebook,Late had I loved thee. You came into existence after I had graduated from college. Like text messaging and smartphones, you did not color my high school and undergraduate social experiences. My generation was the last before The Fall, and all after us will call you “Friend” from cradle to grave.Facebook, there are reasons to love you. You plan events, you consolidate communication, you keep me connected with people I actually like in a world of disconnect and exile. You can be s … [Read more...]

What Memes Mean: "Jesus Is A Friend", That Guy, and Bad Art

Each Friday in What Memes Mean, Kirk Bozeman questions the significance, humor, and subtexts of viral videos, memes, and other Internet fads.Last post I almost for a second became “that guy” – you know, the “Jesus juke” guy, the guy who always has a super-spiritual retort for everything, the guy with the stern look and pointed finger that says, “If you were a good Christian like me, you wouldn’t…”  Finish the sentence with whatever you’d like – most of us have heard it all.  That guy gets annoy … [Read more...]

What Memes Mean: Rebecca Black And Pulse-Checking

I’m not a physician nor the son of a physician, but it’s my understanding that checking a person’s pulse gives doctors and nurses a sort of “quick and dirty” look at a person’s overall health.  Obviously there are more tests that need to be done after a minor touch of the wrist, but if something’s wrong there, something’s probably wrong everywhere.The constant barrage of internet memes that we plugged-in post-moderns have at our daily disposal offer us a great opportunity to check the pulse of … [Read more...]


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