The Science Behind Why The Harlem Shake Is So Popular

“So why is this a “Symbiotic Meme”? It’s the term I coined five years ago when I wrote my final Stanford Cybersociology Master’s degree paper about the phenomenon. When content creators serve up a meme with an equation full of variables, people remix the variables, and share the product to their own networks. The audience becomes curious about what the source content was. This floods traffic back to the original or flagship version of the meme.” (Josh Constine)

How the Internet Reinforces Inequality in the Real World – Technology – The Atlantic Cities

“That picture raises the old question posed by those 19th century maps of Africa: What happens to the people who aren’t on the map, or who are barely represented at all? “What I worry is that what this will start to do is simply reinforce the divides and the differences between the haves and the have-nots, the cores and the peripheries,” Graham says. “It’s most worrying for the places that are essentially off the map – or not in the database.””

How the Internet Reinforces Inequality in the Real World – Technology – The Atlantic Cities

“That picture raises the old question posed by those 19th century maps of Africa: What happens to the people who aren’t on the map, or who are barely represented at all? “What I worry is that what this will start to do is simply reinforce the divides and the differences between the haves and the have-nots, the cores and the peripheries,” Graham says. “It’s most worrying for the places that are essentially off the map – or not in the database.””