What Memes Mean: Darth Vader And The Mechanics Of Revelation

Each Wednesday in What Memes Mean, Kirk Bozeman questions the significance, humor, and subtexts of viral videos, memes, and other Internet fads.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbV5hn_ET0UThis one is too fun, I just had to write about it.Personally, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know that Darth Vader was Luke’s father.  I know it’s impossible to be born with an innate knowledge of fictional galactic histories far, far way, but I can’t recall the exact moment I was saved from my ignora … [Read more...]

What Memes Mean: "…And The Deaf Hear…"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsOo3jzkhYA&feature=mfu_in_order&list=ULGo grab a box of tissues before you buffer this one.Usually a video goes viral because its content is outrageous or humorous, either intentionally or unintentionally, and typically at someone’s unfortunate expense.  But every so often, a video makes its way through the group-share ringer because it’s incredibly moving or shockingly beautiful.The woman in this video is hearing for the first time in her life than … [Read more...]

What Memes Mean: Pat Robertson And The Danger (And Decline) Of Demagogues

Each Wednesday in What Memes Mean, Kirk Bozeman questions the significance, humor, and subtexts of viral videos, memes, and other Internet fads.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qt_JCnRdCQ&feature=player_embeddedThis clip made the rounds fast.  No surprise there.We’re used to Pat Robertson saying weird stuff by now, but usually it’s some sort of semi-offensive attempt at a prophetic-futurist interpretation of current events, not something this jaw-dropping and close to home.  I’d prefer n … [Read more...]

What Memes Mean: The Muddle Of Wrong Worship

Each Wednesday in What Memes Mean, Kirk Bozeman questions the significance, humor, and subtexts of viral videos, memes, and other Internet fads.Modern worship leaders have a knack for incessantly reminding congregations that real worship is more than just cool music and singing songs on Sundays, which is the general message of this video.  Sometimes these reminders are a constant thread in morning worship diatribes, with Romans 12:1 reluctantly breaking its way in towards the end.  I’ve ofte … [Read more...]

What Memes Mean: On Tribute Collages, Remixing, And Laziness

Each Friday in What Memes Mean, Kirk Bozeman questions the significance, humor, and subtexts of viral videos, memes, and other Internet fads.You know you’ve done it.  At some point in your adult life you’ve taken a “break” from work to watch a tribute collage for that TV show you like.  If you’re like me, you probably hit the half way mark, yawned, and closed the browser tab with little regret.  Even though I'm a big fan of The Office, this is what occurred while viewing this video.People lov … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

What Memes Mean: "Shine" by Final Placement

Christian music is often quite bad. High school garage bands are also often quite bad. Youth group bands comprised of high schoolers are nearly always bad (hyperbole). One Christian Rock band became famous last February when their music video was picked up by the website Dangerous Minds. Mocked as an epically awful song and video, Final Placement's "Shine" became an Internet sensation and is still considered one of the top examples of bad Christian music on the Internet. The video is … [Read more...]

What Memes Mean: “Baby Got Book”

Each Saturday in What Memes Mean, Alan Noble questions the significance, humor, and subtexts of viral videos, memes, and other Internet fads.Although "Baby Got Book" was first posted on YouTube in 2007, it still occasionally gets posted and sent around the Internet. The lyrics are witty ("it looks like one of those large ones, with plenty of space margins"), DJ WhiteBoy (the artist) has a gold chain that reads KJV, and it is a parody of a song about a man who is attracted to women with large … [Read more...]


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