Musing on all this "occupy" hoopla as of late, I had a minor epiphany about what makes the web great – the best of the web doesn't care about money. Especially in the context of memes/remixes/voice-dubs, the tremendous amount of energy constantly serving you up the funniest thing you’ve *ever seen (this week) would never be possible in the “real” world because the real world is too serious…and greedy. The big idea with memes is collaborative evolution with no other motivation than a good laugh. Studios and record companies on the other hand are motivated by money and that is exactly why they don't "get" the web - memes probably can't be monetized by corporations because their effots spent trying to squeeze out every-last penny are fundamentally opposed to the whole principle of memes; being motived by profits would have squashed the meme movement before it even started.
And more than just “the man”, the web is free from egos (mostly, anyway) and the uninteresting constraints of propriety – the author is irrelevant on the web and this is actually a good thing. Not to get all “blue” on you (GOP 4EVA!) but it’s this sort of shared, common-good philosophy that gives the web a soul and makes it more than just email and the ability to check the bus schedule.
The moment an image/video/song hit’s the web nobody “owns” it anymore. It free to exist on it’s own merits (for better or worse; usually worse; /b/ haha) and this is where we find the very best. These videos were born ugly but made awesome, thank you interwebz :)