Wifi is down, better learn morse code.
My reaction when a youtube vid takes more than 10 seconds to load.
(Meme by yours truly, via makeameme.org)
From the creation of the telegraph in 1837, to The Hamster Dance as the first ever meme (created around 2000, and the earliest I can recall unless anyone else has another contender?) humans and their clever little brain keep finding new ways to transport information. More efficiently? More condensed?
For sending a telegraph with ten words, it cost the equivalent of $1470. On Twitter, we can only use 140 characters. Different issue, same limitation.
We went from translating messages into dashs and dots, to using memes to illustrate and convey messages, like so above. We construct, we instil a code within the medium, and decode it to understand its meaning, we laugh when we get the reference. Or groan. Depending on the meme. Stalder explains that the digital media environment is the primary setting for human agency, our lifeline for communicating, organising and gathering information (Stadler, 2005). It’s basic structure depends on us utilising it, or each node will shrivel and vanish like a wilted plant.
Like any part of the Nervous System of Materiality in our global network, The telegraph was the appendix, once a crucial organ but eventually replaced by others. The internet and the World Wide Web have become our limbs and legs that allow us to connect and reach others outside of our peripheral. And Memes you ask. What crucial element of our metaphorical bodily system is a meme? Probably a pinky finger or something. Not necessarily crucial but sure is nice to have around!