Memes – why I am just so out of love with them
Memes are the killer of rational thought
I used to love a good meme – they used to make me happy and be full of nice things like kittens doing cute stuff, people being inspirational or just plain funny. Now memes are full of anger, used to stir up hate and wind people up.
The internet is amazing, it gives us the ability to research all sort of wonderful facts, why then do so many people spend so much time posting up a shed load of absolute bollocks and try to pass it off as fact?
No, the EU is not giving all our money away to people in other countries, no Muslims are not training hamsters to go on suicide missions at the local PetsAtHome. Seriously, no matter how much you hate the EU, fear Muslims, or hate hamsters, just because someone creates a fancy pants meme that happens to fit into your worldview doesn’t make it true.
Most of the really idiotic memes involve racism, sexism or people whining about what they think other people are getting and they aren’t. Although just 3 clicks away are the actual facts of the matter for some reason people prefer to believe the worst about just about everyone else on the planet that isn’t them.
Welfare has its share of memes – people banging on about the millions of pounds asylum seekers or illegal immigrants receive in benefits, whilst pensioners/army vets or whatever get bugger all. This did the rounds so many times that the Government even produced a paper refuting this. If the welfare lifestyle is so fabulous and people are that jealous how come they haven’t quit their job? Because fundamentally they are not stupid and know this is not true. All they had to do to avoid feeling hours of angry bitterness was count to 10 and then click on hoax slayer or UK Gov and find out. But no, let’s go off half-cocked and wind everyone (including themselves) up.
Muslims – Anything really from ‘banning Christmas’, ‘banning easter eggs’, to forcing us to eat Halal food. All of these are untrue and again a quick internet search could clear that right up before anyone gets all hot under the collar and then shares that feeling to everyone they know online.
Pseudo-Science ‘Woo’ – Memes involving cures for cancer, onions in shoes, various bogus ‘remedies’ (which are almost always promoted by someone with a vested financial interest) circulate almost constantly. From the anti-vax stuff right up to and including ways to resuscitate yourself by coughing, sniffing a sweaty sock and standing on the roof singing Nearer my God to Thee. I mean if someone wants to give themselves whipped cream enemas as a preventative treatment for erectile dysfunction who am I to stand in their way? It won’t work but it gives us all a laugh. However, some of this stuff is pretty dangerous and could cost someone their life.
So, the meme has lost my affection. For now at least, until I see the next one with a puppy in it!