Category Archives: viral

A new phenomenon: “Pokemon Go”

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Greetings, readers.

If you have been on any social media platform at all within the last 72 hours, you are probably aware that there is something called “Pokemon Go” that was just recently released.

For those of you who have been wondering what it is: It is a video game for mobile devices that interacts with the real world, and with real world movement.

From what I have gathered from a cursory overview, the Pokemon franchise is a set of games wherein players try to “capture” wild pokemon (cute animated monsters). The player then trains them to fight.

Also from what I understand, it is not nearly as amoral as that description makes it sound.

This new iteration is enabling (and requiring) real-life, real-world interaction in order to make the game work. In order to find wild pokemon, players need to walk around the real world. The ap has an augmented reality feature, which thereby makes the pokemon appear in particular places. Players may also need to use physical movement in order to capture the pokemon. Also, the locations are the same for everybody. Thus, there are apparently “game-critical” stations that have been receiving a fair bit of pedestrian traffic recently.

In all, it is an interesting phenomenon. I expect the hype to start dying down by next week, but as this franchise is children-friendly, I expect this to be one of the more talked about and utilized summer activities.

Have a lovely Sunday.

“Be like Bill” Has Taken Over, Apparently

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Greetings, readers!

There is a phenomenon that has appeared on the internet relatively recently. It is the “Be like Bill” meme.

The originals actually were a little amusing, if a tad condescending. The first one I was aware of simply encouraged people to ignore content that offended them.

The most recent iteration, however, now allows Facebook Users to generate their own.

One of the changes is that it uses the name of the user. I am guessing it then examines Facebook content, and generates one of several based upon what you do not do that has stated to annoy some people. For example, a common one celebrates not playing Candy Crush.

I think it is interesting how viral this has gotten; people from all over the country are using this.

I hope you have a good Sunday.

New Relatively Pointless Song is likely to go Viral

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Greetings, readers!

It appears that the Webmaster originally scheduled something about Twitter for today. It can wait.

You see, there is a new song out. It has the potential of going viral at any point in time. It is already receiving publicity from multiple relatively unrelated groups.

The song in question is by Carly Rae Jepson, the creator of “Call Me, Maybe”. Her new song is called “I Really Like You.”

I have a few comments about it, of course.

The first deals with timing. I find it interesting that Carly Rae Jepson released this one in… March. February, after all, is the month of “love.” February 14 would have made a bit more sense for “I really like you” to be released, from a thematic perspective. However, since this song is still being picked up, and is likely only going to gain in popularity, it should not be much of an issue.

This does lead me to my second point, however.

I found it very interesting that the singer acknowledges that she does not “love” the person she is singing about, but instead “really (really … really) like you [the object of the singer’s affection.]”

As per usual with popular songs that go viral, it has a catchy tune. It also does not have much in the way of depth to its content.

Needless to say, “I Really Like You” by Carly Rae Jepson is not my favorite song, but it qualifies as a fluff of the day.

I hope you have a great week.