A Meditation on the Viral Spread of Ideas
presented by Ken S. McAllister, Department of English
Charlie the Unicorn. Honey Badger. Coke and Mentos. Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. No Impact Man. The Cinnamon Challenge. Gangnam Style. These and dozens of other internet memes over the years have entertained and amazed us, often many times over. What strange dynamo drives their circulation across geo political boundaries and with such alacrity? McAllister will pursue these and related questions by way of a meditation on the compulsions of memory, the innovations of imitation, and the delights of a perilously captured imagination.