- Our definition of memes has already changed in the last three years
- Urban legends: stories told as if true, heavily circulated by word of mouth, chain emails, immortalized by the media etc.
- Examples of urban legends: Aren’t You Glad You Didn’t Turn on the Light, Humans Can Lick Too, Bloody Mary, Mr. Rogers was a NAVY seal sniper, Walt Disney is cryogenically frozen, Cokelore (or Colklore)
- Chain emails usually consist of a message attempting to convince you to pass on the letter to as many other recipients as possible, urban legends normally are turned into chain emails
- At the end of a chain email there is either a reward or threat, in the case of a Blood Mary chain email it would look like this:
We strongly advise you to send this email on. It is seriously NO JOKE. We don’t want to see another life wasted. ITS YOUR CHOICE… WANNA DIE TONIGHT? If you send this email to…
NO PEOPLE – You’re going to die.
1-5 PEOPLE – You’re going to either get hurt or get the biggest fright of your life.
5-15 PEOPLE – You will bring your family bad luck and someone close to you will die.
15 OR MORE PEOPLE – You are safe from Bloody Mary
- Scams: they ask you for something and describe either a reward or consequence that will result
- Due to the flattening of the world described by Friedman, it is really hard to track down who has stolen from you because they can be anywhere in the world
- Types of email scams: 419/Nigerian scams, phishing email scam (PayPal, banks), lottery email scams, travel scams, family relation scams, clickjacking scams