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Do cultural memes add to overload?

University of Southern California sophomore Nicholas Slayton just wrote an insightful column for The Daily Trojan. Slayton says the prevalence of “memes”—ideas that spread by word of mouth, interaction or media exposure—generates intense but short-lived excitement, while adding to information overload.

The streams of content and ideas flow so quickly and from so many areas, leading to a kind of cultural ADD. . . .

So is Charlie Sheen a cultural milestone? Unlikely. Tiger blood and bed intruders will fade, likely replaced by some equally popular but short-lived meme.

Everything is moving at such a ridiculous pace. It takes something really special to leave a lasting, significant mark on our lives.

What will do that? Most likely not a meme.

Read Slayton’s column at


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