Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

From Weird to Wide

Posted by taylorbelcher on April 20, 2017

The essay that I chose to focus on from tonight’s readings was “From Weird to Wide” by Ethan Zuckerman. The first thing that I found interesting but not really surprising was when the reading talks about the different levels of intelligence in certain areas around the globe. The essay says, “Critiques of Herrnstein and Murray’s association between IQ and race point out that massive differences in educational opportunities available to rich and poor people might explain these different test scores (Jacoby and Glauberman 1995). The time I’ve spent traveling in the developing world suggests that it’s dangerous to discount the significance of opportunity.” Another quote that kind of goes along with that similar way of thinking was when it says, “People’s ability to express their intelligence, creativity, and humor are heavily dependent on local circumstances, and the odds that we will even encounter these traits across barriers of language, nation, and culture are profoundly constrained by infrastructure, geography, and interest.”Another interesting topic was where the essay discussed that memes are becoming more global, and there is a “rise of sites that track Internet memes,” which “allows us to explore whether some countries are more likely to generate memes than others.” I was very surprised when the essay said, “At least 169 memes had emerged from Japanese Internet users, 29 from Australians, 23 from Germans, and 20 from the French.” Lastly another interesting fact from this essay was that the “Kenyan blogosphere quickly obliged, and remixers contributed a 10,000 Kenyan shilling note (about US$123 at the time) featuring Makmende…Kenya has at least 15,000 Twitter users (Southwood 2010), and many used the 140-character medium to share the message of Makmende.” Social media is vastly growing and spreading all over the world. 


One Response to “From Weird to Wide”

  1. vene131 said

    I, too, was shocked when I learned that other countries had such a popularity with memes. For some reason, I always associated memes as an American thing, but I am glad that is has become a global thing.

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