Alan Turing was in many ways the father of modern computer science. To this day, the standard test for artificial intelligence is the Turing Test. He saved countless lives by cracking the German Enigma Code during WWII. And yet he was persecuted and striped of all recognition for his accomplishments because he was gay (a crime in Great Britain at the time).
Benedict Cumberbatch stars in this new Turning biopic, which appears to focus mainly on Enigma. I hope they do him justice. The cast looks pretty great. Aside from Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game also stars Keira Knightly, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, and Charles Dance (A Game of Thrones‘ Tywin Lannister), and is helmed by relatively unknown (here, at least) Norwegian director Morten Tyldum.
The Memedown is a compilation of viral content on a particular subject or event, saved and posted here for… uhh, posterity (or something). It is by no means exhaustive. I guarantee I’ll only ever find a fraction of what’s out there. Think of it as a recap, of sorts, as filtered by the internet.
Welcome to the first edition of what I expect to be a reoccurring, if not exactly regular, series. When something grabs our collective attention, the internet spits out memes and other viral jokes, games, articles, etc. like a factory. These memes are largely forgotten within weeks, if not days, but that’s where The Screen Life comes in.
Today’s Memedown… The Oscars (2014)!
What better place to begin than the original Twitter-breaking selfie…
…which, of course, was bound to get reinterpreted…
Honestly this Branjelina bit is pretty awful, and not least because the joke’s premise is a decade old at this point.
Finally, it seems the biggest source of consternation for the denizens of Internetland is the still-empty-handed Leonardo DiCaprio. (There’s a very real possibility that some of these have been recycled from years past.)