Some memes are just funny, they can help us relate: reflecting on the horror of Monday's, the wonder of the weekend, the terrible weather, or the common search for coffee.
You remember how they played a part in the 2016 US elections (see below). These harmless little pictures, with just a handful of words, had the power to greatly influence collective perception and ultimately undermine or forge the very steel of opinion.
This is a phenomenon I have been quietly observing as it recycles presently, as the next elections amp up. With so much at stake, I can't idly watch this go the way it did before. Without taking a position here in this particular article, I want to focus on the danger of memes.
It's just a harmless meme right? But that little meme will fly across the internet world infecting potentially millions of minds that may, or may not have made up their minds yet, that may not have the foresight to research the claims presented. Most people decide if they accept or reject a point of view within a fraction of a second and move on. If they accept it, they may have just carved a massive piece of misinformation into their consciousness. If they reject it, it may have just made them hate someone, or decide unilaterally they oppose that viewpoint and anything attached to it. Either way you have a consciousness irretrievably affected and that consciousness is going to radically influence the actions, choices, assumptions and dialogues in millions of microscopic ways.
There is a real art to these memes. Some will compare drastically different issues to play on emotions and alter opinion. For example: "if babies were oil fields maybe we would care about them". The point made might be true, but is the tactic necessary? Understand that all sides and positions for every hot button topic, from vaccinations to abortion, are using these same strategies.
These little systematic seismic blasts increasingly fracture and fragment the public into groups of subgroups and further dividing subgroups. Until no one really agrees with anyone and everyone is aggressively pro their own bias, trigger happy to jump into attack mode, out of shear paranoia that someone will call them out on what they don't really know.
Careless memes dilute public consciousness and create massive division. They are a tiny little charges that causes massive damage. They are churned out factory style on all sides; democrat and republican, conservative and liberal, pro and con. It becomes a vitriol representing the lowest form of intelligence on the social media totem. They are the junk food of the scroll addicts, feeding an already cemented narrative chamber. They don't challenge for growth or for change. They crush us into utter alienation and voluntary intellectual neglect.
If you have truth then you don't need to spin anything, or attack anyone. All you need to do is begin a conversation. To best a game played with fools, we have to come from a place of unceasing commitment to intelligence. To win a match which has lost all diplomacy we have to double down on decency and candor on principle. To overcome the tidal waves of lies and corruption, we have to be absolutely dedicated to truth, coming with high language, high class and a heavy rain of integrity.
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