Thursday, May 21, 2020

Memes of the Times

There’s no point trying to be solemn for solemnity’s sake. Even in the darkest, most trying and difficult moments, I believe if something is funny, you have to laugh. Seize the opportunity to escape the situation, even if for a few seconds, and welcome the release.

With every state in the U.S. now relaxing to some degree their “stay-in-place” orders, first put into effect back in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic, it seems a good time to look back at some of the funny memes (and a couple of serious ones) of the past few months.

And finally, here’s Dark ShadowsGrayson Hall delivering our “every quarantine mood” . . .

Related Off-site Links:
Why It’s Essential to Find Humor During Your Darkest Hours – Aimee Foster (Tiny Buddha, 2015).
Escape Our Current Hell With These (Good) Coronavirus Jokes – Chris Murphy (Vulture May 8, 2020).
How ‘Karen’ Became a Coronavirus Villain – Kaitlyn Tiffany (The Atlantic, May 6, 2020).
What 11 Artists Have Created During Quarantine – Gay Gassmann (Architectural Digest, May 19, 2020).
Opposing Social Distancing Isn’t About Freedom – Tim Wise (Medium, May 19, 2020).
U.S. Lockdown Protests May Have Spread Virus Widely, Cellphone Data Suggests – Jason Wilson (The Guardian, May 18, 2020).
Here’s How Most Americans Really Feel About Wearing Face Masks – Ariel Edwards-Levy (The Huffington Post, May 20, 2020).
Tired of Being Home Most of the Time, Americans in Reopened States Weigh the Risks of Going Out – Christina Maxouris, Eliott C. McLaughlin, and Steve Almasy (CNN, May 20, 2020).

UPDATES: Four Concepts to Assess Your Personal Risk as the U.S. Reopens – Leana S. Wen (The Washington Post, May 21, 2020).
Poll: Minnesotans Support Stay-at-Home Restrictions as Fear of the Virus Persists – Briana Bierschbach and Jessie Van Berkel (Star Tribune, May 23, 2020).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Hope and Beauty in the Midst of the Global Coronavirus Pandemic
A Prayer in Times of a Pandemic
An Infectious Disease Specialist Weighs-in on Covid-19
Marianne Williamson: In the Midst of This “Heartbreaking” Pandemic, It's Okay to Be Heartbroken
The Calm Before the Storm
In the Midst of Crisis, Learning Resistance and Vision-Seeking from the Indigenous and African-American Experience
The Crisis Is Not About the Virus
Examining the Link Between Destruction of Biodiversity and Emerging Infectious Diseases
Something to Think About – April 22, 2020
Marianne Williamson: “This Is a Time of Transformation”
“You're All Kings and Queens”
The Lancet Weighs-in on the Trump Administration's “Incoherent” Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

1 comment:

Margaret Bayly said...

Dear Michael .. I agree. Laughter can release us, (even if it is for a short time), from trying & difficult situations. Love & Peace .. Mum