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Posts from the ‘novelties’ Category

A revised typology of Internet memes

March 21, 2017

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Fan theories

March 21, 2017

chrisrodley

Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?

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Frozen
Anna is the Grand Duchess Anastasia who’s hallucinating after being shot by the Bolsheviks in 1918

 

Pride & Prejudice
Kitty in Pride & Prejudice is Lydia’s cat that’s why everyone ignores her and she has no personality she’s a cat

A meta-trolley problem

March 21, 2017

chrisrodley

I wasn’t aware of the trolley problem meme when I tweeted this back in April 2016:

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A runaway trolley is about to create five Trolley Problems.
Do you pull the lever and divert it, so that it only creates one?

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It ended up being shared a lot on Twitter and Facebook, and was eventually featured in this New York magazine piece. I haven’t quite decided whether little social media microprojects like this are a distraction from my “real work” or are, in fact, the real work itself. I’ve made a couple more since then. An election-themed trolley problem:

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Hey third-party voters in swing states! You’re in a real-life Trolley Problem. 

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And a Trolley Problem fan theory:

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Fan theory: the Trolley Problem is happening in the mind of one
of the five victims tied to the railway track; the lever doesn’t exist.

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Which, when you think about it, explains why the scenario is so implausible.

My own private multiverse

March 21, 2017

chrisrodley

I found an artist on Fiverr, alysserin, who draws 1950s-style advertising mascots. So of course I decided to request a quantum multiverse. I think she totally nailed it. And the emails it came with were pretty good too:

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