We All Deserve This Brief Reprieve From the Dumpster Fire That is the Internet
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The Internet can certainly feel like a cold, dark place, especially for those of us who can’t help but stay mired in it day in and day out. I’m one of those people, and while I’d like to think I do a pretty good job keeping above the fray, it can be really hard when you just happen to stumble across pieces like this horrifying (and incredibly important) revelation in The Verge. (It turns out, being a professional Facebook moderator and having to witness the worst of the worst things people do to each other on a daily basis is extremely caustic for your health.)
But thankfully, we also have journalists like The Ringer’s Victor Luckerson, who did some work to uncover those times over the last decade when we weren’t trying to kill each other – times when we were actually able to put aside our differences and celebrate the things that connect us. And this isn’t just some dude sharing his favorite viral memes; it’s actually backed by UVM research.
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So, without further ado, here are my personal favorites from his list of the Internet’s 10 happiest days in recent history:
The Royal Wedding (April 29, 2011)
Coming in 10th place is the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. While back in my day the only way to enjoy such joyous occasions was to get up before the crack of dawn and huddle in front of the TV, the Internet allows us to wallow in the spectacle at our leisure. Not only can we now stream video whenever we damn well please, but we can also share every single thought and feeling we have about them with the entire planet.
Leonardo DiCaprio Turns 40 (November 11, 2014)
Although I’m sure you’re thinking that I’m completely making this up, check the tape. This historic event comes in at number 7 on the list. Ok, fine. Luckerson also points out that this was the day the US escaped its last ebola scare and when the US and China reached a (probably significant) climate agreement. But clearly, Leo’s birthday was the most important. These are just the facts, people. You know you saw the following GIF all the damn time back then.
Chicago Cubs Win the World Series (November 3, 2016)
I will go out on a limb here and argue that no one was sad when the Cubs finally won the World Series. I’m not even a baseball fan, but there was just something magical about watching the team with the worst luck in MLB history finally getting what they were due. The world, it would seem, agreed, since it made it to number 6 on the list.
Obama Sings “Amazing Grace” the Day Gay Marriage is Legalized (June 26, 2015)
While Luckerson includes other viral gems like Justin Bieber’s debut of “Sorry” – again, not kidding – and that stupid dress no one could see properly, they all pale in comparison to his pièce de résistance. Coming in at number 1 was that powerful moment when then President Barack Obama did what he did best and inspired us all with not only his words, but his song.
Here’s hoping we can get back there again.
To check out the rest of Luckerson’s list, head on over to The Ringer.
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