Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Thinking Transnationally, Part 1

Posted by emilychildress329 on April 19, 2017

In the essays that were assigned for tonight, I was very interested in what the essays had to say. Certain things stuck out to me, but the one thing that stuck out the most was in the essay “From Weird to Wide” by Ethan Zuckerman. He stated ‘If humor and creativity are evenly distributed on a global scale, we might anticipate encountering creative new content as people in different parts of the world gain Internet access.” I believe this 100%. The more I think about spreadable media, the more I think that if everyone in the world had the same access to certain resources that we in the United States do, then the the expression “great minds think a like” would be relevant. I like how Zuckerman ties memes to these expressions. I think in this way we are very creative with our memes because anyone will do anything for a life. I can remember all of these memes about Donald Trump when he was elected as the President, but what was fascinating about it was that those memes were shared all over the world. In fact, there were even Snapchat stories of people all over the making fun of Trump over certain memes.

It is interesting to me that we have so much media that is shared all over the world. Even to countries that are not as luxurious as the much bigger countries. If everyone were to have the same amount of media access the world in general would have so many more resources and information on certain topics that are not as popular. We could use this media not only for memes, but for news, elections, and shares.

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