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THE LIKE BUTTON

WHEN YOU LIKE A THING

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The earliest known use of a “Like Button” to express one’s admiration or approval, dates back to the Paleolithic and can found among the famous Lascaux cave paintings. The symbol was imprinted above depictions of recently slain mammoths, a popular prehistoric mid-day meal, what one might today refer to as brunch.

It disappeared for thousands of years until reemerging in Ancient Egypt where hundreds of Like Button hieroglyphs were chiseled alongside depictions of Egyptian cat gods; proving that six thousand years ago, as is the case today, cats ruled over their human subjects with absolute authority and dominance.

Frequency of the icon’s depiction would increase exponentially over the subsequent millennia. The Romans used it as early as 300 BC to let Russel Crow know that they were indeed entertained. The British would not invent the concepts of approval or gratitude until the mid-20th century, so the symbol’s eventual acknowledgement by the English caused anarchy to ripple throughout the empire, leading to its inevitable collapse. When it first emerged in Russia, the Like Button was immediately arrested for crimes against the Kremlin, sedition and tax evasion. It was then sentenced without trial to hard labor in a Siberian gulag and to this day the Kremlin denies any knowledge of the Like Button or the whereabouts its family.

Most famously of course, the Like Button became the primary form of communication for what would become billions of people worldwide when – after stealing the idea from Chad and Chadwick Winklevoss – Mark “The Illuminati Incel” Zuckerburg founded the social media platform Facebook in 2004.

Since then, the symbol has become so ubiquitous that everyone from dog-enthusiasts, to white-supremacists, to enthusiastically-supremacists white dogs, all use it to express their collective love and admiration for Baby Yoda. It has become the most recognizable symbol since the peace sign, the dollar sign and I saw the sign. The future is a mystery, but the Like Button will always be there to help us figure it out… Sorry, I never know how to end these fucking things.

Tune in next week for “The Subscribe Button: How Hitler came to power.”

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