*contains Spiderman: No Way Home spoilers*
Seeing how Tiktok play a role in the new Spiderman movie was astonishing. That made me think how our culture can influence our media and vice versa. Media is much more powerful than we think. Then when Maguire kept saying “You’re amazing”, to Garfield, again and again, I thought this is just a meme. The same with when they were all in the science room putting fingers at each other. If we examine how memes have evolved, they continually got more creative and now we see some in a movie that cost more than $200 million and made more than $1.2 billion so far (in the times of the Omicron variant). Thus proving there’s a place for meme’s in this society. There always has been, and they’ve been deemed as childish, inappropriate, not professional. But this movie that everybody’s been waiting for, is filled with it. Were they just for laughs? To remind us of the absurdity of being human? They could be. And/or they are echoes of the society we live in now, where fear mongering dictates news outlets, where people spend millions on jpegs, and people invest in digital currency from a block chain.
Dogecoin was created as a joke to make fun of BTC, yet Elon Musk says, “Dogecoin has a higher transaction volume capability than Bitcoin, also with lower transaction costs.” So he’s a bull on Doge. There’s no red squiggly line under the word doge. It’s in our lexicon. There might be merit in investing in this meme coin seeing how prevalent meme culture is in our society. You could be posh and snob, but you can’t avoid it. You could be posh and snob and miss out on the NFT rise we’re going through now. One thing is guaranteed, this world is changing. What if gold loses it value? What if paper currency because we have to save the environment? Whatever happens, if you don’t jump on the train, you’ll be left behind.
Imagine a 12 year old kid in 1910 watching No Way Home. Would it be like a kid today putting on an Oculus Rift? Would they find it overwhelming? Unenjoyable? As the culture changes, media changes, art changes. So continue to create good art. Simple.