Squid Game is taking over the world. BBC News reports that it's the top television show on Netflix, and it's nearly impossible to have a conversation or scroll through social media without encountering a "red light, green light" meme.

In case you've been living under a rock, Squid Game follows a group of financially challenged individuals as they compete in a series of disturbing childhood games. It's barbaric, but the South Korean series has captured the attention of the entire globe — and Colorado State University.

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CNN recently interviewed Hye Seung Chung, an Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at CSU, about the secret behind Squid Game's success.

"Media is not just means of entertainment like in the United States or in the West. Media has been always considered a very important tool for political ignitement [sic] or political resistance," said Chung in the interview, referring to the show's analysis of wealth disparity.

However, she noted that the series' popularity is also related to the economy of the film industry.

"It is still relatively cheap to produce dramas in South Korea compared to in America. The Squid Game...each episode cost less than $2 million, which is half of the price Netflix invested in each episode of House of Cards," said Chung.

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Regardless of the reasoning behind the success of Squid Game, it sounds like we're not going to stop hearing about the show any time soon. We might as well embrace it.

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