MemeNation

Books really do shed light on multiple things. I have just recently found that “meme” actually stands for a real English world.Meme

@2780, doing public service since 2016. You’re welcome.

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OnAir #2

BLACK MIRROR

Even though this TV series made its debut already 6 years ago, only recently I got acquainted with it.

Charlie Brooker, the creator of Black Mirror, stated the following in 2011:

…each episode has a different cast, a different setting, even a different reality. But they’re all about the way we live now – and the way we might be living in 10 minutes’ time if we’re clumsy…

Being labeled as science-fiction tv-show, I think that it kind of underestimates the stories depicted in its 3 seasons (so far). It comes down to the idea that science fiction is a genre dealing with imaginative concepts and universes that will never become part of our reality.

And that’s where we have it wrong. Technology and communication (social media, in particular) have become ubiquitous tools in the XXI century. We live surrounded by it and most likely can’t survive without it. We would feel completely disconnected of this world. /FOMO

Black Mirror

I’ve already watched all the episodes so far and some of them had quite an impact on me. You then begin to link those stories with a few situations/events happening now.

Without wanting to spoil anything, I’ll just leave here some articles that perfectly embody what I mentioned above.


Be Right Back

How far would you really go to hold on to a lost loved one?

New app lets you talk to the dead

This app lets people talk to dead people on their smartphone – no seance required. A South Korean tech company is using 3D scanning and artificial intelligence to one day allow people to gab – and take selfies – with computer-simulated versions of their dead loved ones.

 


Nosedive

Swiping up the social ladder in an obnoxiously pretentious world.

China wants to give all of its citizens a score – and those who fall short will be denied basic privileges

Imagine a world where an authoritarian government monitors everything you do, amasses huge amounts of data on almost every interaction you make, and awards you a single score that measures how “trustworthy” you are.


Hated in the Nation

Tackling the pollination crisis, one bee at a time.

Researchers use drone to pollinate flower

The remote-controlled drone was equipped with horsehairs coated with a special gel, which the researchers say was crucial to the process. “This is the world’s first demonstration of pollination by an artificial robotic pollinator,” said Eijiro Miyako of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan, one of the authors of the study, which was published in the journal Chem.

How Lithuanians see Europe

How we (Lithuanians) see the rest of Europe

Internet never seizes to amaze me.

A couple of weeks ago I came across a 9gag post which showed Europe through the eyes of Lithuanians… The nicknames given can vary from author to author, but one that is transversal to all is Portugal.

Vilnius, what?!

Well, the 9gag community, in the comment section then provided with an explanation:

@user1
I’m from Lithuania and i can confirm that only 30% of this is true, the rest of it is complete bullshit and some of them doesn’t even make sense. And why the hell Portugal is named as Vilnius? Never heard or seen anywhere that any Lithuanian ever would call Portugal as Vilnius in any reference.
@user 2
no but Vilnius is called Portugal. That’s because Vilnius is on the very side of Lithuania just like Portugal is on the very side of Europe so many people from other cities in Lithuania call Vilnius people Portuguese. Although I have never been called that and I’ve been living here my whole life :’)

Totally unexpected, I would say… Have to confirm this with some Lithuanian folks!


On the 11th of March, 1990, Lithuania became the first country to proclaim itself independent from de Soviet Union, granting the country its second (and hopefully last) independence.

Happy 27th birthday! 🙂