Philosophy Department

How Professor Jason Read became an Internet meme

The Jason Read meme.

Our very own Professor Read became an Internet meme two weeks ago, reaching the popular news aggregation site Reddit and the blog of Wil Wheaton, an actor best known for his roles on "The Big Bang Theory" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

What exactly became the meme is a statement Read made about the economic one percent in regards to the Occupy Wall Street movement:

“People who dismiss the unemployed and dependent as ‘parasites’ fail to understand economics and parasitism. A successful parasite is one that is not recognized by its host, one that can make its host work for it without appearing as a burden. Such is the ruling class in a capitalist society.”

Read about how this quote — which, to our surprise, originated as a Facebook status update — became a viral hit in a matter of hours on The Free Press.