While we're working away on new episodes for Season 3, check out Endless Thread, a podcast from WBUR. Endless Thread reveals untold histories, unsolved mysteries, and other wild stories from the internet. They recently did a whole series on internet memes. In this episode, we hear the little-known origin story of the "Woman Yelling at a Cat" meme -- straight from the Woman herself -- that might make you think twice about ever using the meme again. They also explore why a loss of context is crucial for the spread of memes, but often problematic.
You can listen to the rest of the meme series, and more great Endless Thread episodes at https://www.wbur.org/podcasts/endlessthread
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