Oh Myyy! by George Takei
(Description nicked from B&N.com.)
“In this groundbreaking, hilarious and informative book, Takei recounts his experiences on platforms such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, where fans and pundits alike have crowned him King. He muses about everything from the nature of viral sharing, to the taming of Internet trolls, to why Yoda, bacon and cats are such popular memes. Takei isn’t afraid to tell it like he sees it, and to engage the reader just as he does his legions of fans.
Both provokingly thoughtful and wickedly funny, Oh Myyy! captures and comments upon the quirky nature of our plugged-in culture. With Takei’s conversational yet authoritative style, peppered with some of his favorite images from the web, readers should be prepared to LOL, even as they can’t help but hear his words in their heads in that unmistakable, deep bass.”
Okay, I admit it: I’m a follower of George Takei on Facebook. His posts almost always get me to smile, even on the roughest of days, and his staunch stance on issues that are important to him is admirable. In this book he explores the same question that I’m sure many have asked themselves: how did an aging science fiction actor become one of the most definitive voices on the internet?
The answer to that question seems to be that it happened by happy accident. Even Takei himself expresses some disbelief at how things have fallen out. At the same time, he also never fails to express his gratitude at the opportunities that he’s been given as a result. He’s also warm in his praise of his fans and followers, people who may not always agree with him, but with whom he always hopes to engage in a positive manner. Of course, he doesn’t ignore the trolls, those for whom the internet is a place to incite anger and hostility, but he talks about them with humor as well.
Since Takei is most active on Facebook, most of his musings on social reach and popularity focus on that platform. There is some discussion of Twitter, the site where he first began to be popular, but mostly his turns his thoughts to the way things propagate on Facebook and how the site actually works. He doesn’t shy away from criticizing things about the site that he thinks could be improved, but he’s not shy giving praise where he thinks it is due.
Not all of the book is about such weighty matters. He talks about the prevalence of cats on the internet and about why they’re so popular, opining that one of the reasons may be because when they fail, they fail epically. He touches on the subject of bacon, and mentions how he can’t see a sign with wavy lines on it without thinking of bacon. There’s a chapter on the Mayan apocalypse and why we’re all so obsessed with the end of the world.
Is this a book that’s going to make a profound change in your life? No. Is this a book that’s going to impart wisdom and learning? No. Is this a fun read by the internet’s most fun senior citizen? Hell yes! Takei calls himself the naughty gay Asian uncle that everyone wishes they had, and I can’t argue with that characterization. Oh Myyy!is savvy, straightforward, and funny… just like its author.
Publisher: Oh Myyy! Limited Liability Company
Page Count: 244
Publication Date: April 15, 2013
Acquired: Personal purchase